The Disney-Fox deal has been a long time coming, mainly due to how complicated it is to pull of a deal of this magnitude. By acquiring Fox, Disney is now adding several properties like the X-Men, Alien, and Deadpool, continuing to grow their unprecedented power while also giving them a lot more material for their planned streaming service.
One major concern coming with this deal however is the future of those properties. Considering Disney is a family-friendly brand, many have thought that Disney may plan to discontinue some of their more iconic R-rated franchises. Thankfully, that doesn’t appear to be the case, as DiscussingFilm caught up with Disney after a meeting to get the spin:
“[Disney chairman] Bob Iger has said that they plan on keeping Deadpool an R-Rated brand and plan to further include R-Rated film brands in their future product portfolio.”
This was also said:
Bob Iger said they plan to leverage Fox IP once they deal is complete on Disney+ and they are looking at other IP’s to add to the service to increase content. pic.twitter.com/NrMh2yAzPA
— Geek Vibes Nation🖖 (@GeekVibesNation) February 5, 2019
This is encouraging news to see, especially because Fox has always been a studio that has produced more adult-oriented content. I think Disney is being self-aware in the sense that if they cancelled or changed franchises like Deadpool, they would receive unanimous criticism from fans who adore the merc with a mouth.
While Deadpool was mentioned in name, I am curious how Disney will work with other Fox brands. The Alien franchise in particular is in a interesting place, with the last two entries Prometheus and Alien: Covenant being fairly ambitious in their thematic goals. I give Fox a lot of credit for taking a lot of interesting risks with the franchise, and I hope Disney will at least let Ridley Scott continue what he’s started.
There’s also the Predator franchise that needs to be addressed.
How do you feel about this news? Do you feel better about the FOX properties after this Disney deal? Be sure to tell us all of your thoughts in the comments down below!