The Disney-Fox Deal has been termed the “Media Deal of the Century”. Disney Studios, which stands at $164 Billion successfully bought 20th Century Fox which was evaluated at around $62 Billion for $52.4 Billion. This landmark deal, which certainly is a good sign for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will spell a death knell for ongoing projects of Fox regarding their own X-Men movies.
Movies like Gambit, the untitled Multiple Man Project starring James Franco, even Fox’s New Mutants starring Alice Braga and Maisie Williams will never see the light of day. Dark days lie ahead for the X-Men franchise.
When Marvel sold the rights to their flagship characters, no one thought they were ever getting the X-Men back. Fox Studios milked and churned the Mutant kind two make half a dozen X-Men movies. All of which were blockbusters at the box office.
The latest movie from Fox to star an X-Man was Logan. Logan is a testament to the fact that Fox’s Mutant universe was successful and had more potential than anyone could ever have possibly imagined. After X-men: Apocalypse, everyone thought the X-men franchise was doomed. Logan turned the tables.
The success of Logan jumpstarted new endeavors for Fox Studios to participate in – Gambit, New Mutants, and Multiple Man were all slated to be in Fox’s pipeline. New Mutants was already in pre-production while the rest of them had started holding casting calls for their characters.
Even the scripts had reportedly been finalized. With Disney taking over, the future of these movies will definitely be uncertain. Will Disney give the green light for them will Gambit, Multiple Man and New Mutants be shelved??
The Hollywood Reporter has an interesting insight into this story:
“If Disney is an NFL team, then every movie on the calendar is like a Heisman Trophy winner.” One insider says in particular. “This raises the bar of what is a theatrical release.”
It is unlikely that all the movies will be shelved. New Mutants, a horror based experimental film by Fox Studios based on the Mutant Kind and the supernatural genre, is already in post-production. It will be released as planned. That much is assured. But it is the potential sequels to New Mutants that stand to take the greatest hit if shit hits the fan.
Josh Boone, director of New Mutants, had high hopes of turning his movie into a trilogy with each movie dealing with a new mutant threat bordering on the supernatural-horror trope. Looks like Josh Boone’s dream will stay….. well, a dream. Here’s what he said:
“We brought it to FOX as a trilogy of films, really all based on that long run by Sienkiewicz, and kind of incorporates some stuff from later issues in the ‘80s.
These are all going to be horror movies, and they’re all be their own distinct kind of horror movies. This is certainly the ‘rubber-reality’ supernatural horror movie. The next one will be a completely different kind of horror movie… Our take was just go examine the horror genre through comic book movies and make each one its own distinct sort of horror film. Drawing from the big events that we love in the comics.”
If rumors are true, then the movies are doomed and will not have much of a future under the Disney banner. So is that the end? Is there absolutely no hope? We certainly hope not. Because there still might be a silver lining.
It all boils down to how well New Mutants performs in the big screens. If it does well, the rest of the movies get a fighting chance. If it pops before it sprouts, the movies are most certainly going to die a painful death.
Josh Boone’s New Mutants has to do extremely well if it hopes to convince Disney that there is certainly hope for them to score and be allocated further resources for potential sequels and future projects. Otherwise, with Disney planning its own streaming service from next year, these projects could be relegated there. It won’t certainly be a spring vacation. Being demoted from a theatric release to pay per view online streaming won’t bode well popularity wise. Tough calls, people. There are going to be a lot of Tough calls.
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