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Disney Exec Worried That Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Could Alienate Disney Fans
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Jojo Rabbit

Last week’s reports that Disney would stop 20th Century Fox’s film development and focus more on key franchises like Avatar didn’t come as a huge surprise. The studio was bound to cut back on some of the smaller lesser-known properties. And the news comes in the wake of Fox Studios films operating at a loss of $170 million for the quarter.

And now we are getting a new idea of how Disney might determine which films will be a part of the release slate, and which ones might fall by the wayside. We’re also learning that Disney is worried about edgier upcoming titles like Taika Waititi‘s Jojo Rabbit. More on all of this below.

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Passes ‘Avatar’ To Become The Highest Grossing Movie Of All-Time
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Avengers: Endgame

There was a point in time when it looked like Avengers: Endgame wasn’t going to make it past James Cameron‘s Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all-time. Though it was a pretty arbitrary milestone that is practically meaningless, because we all know which is the better of the two films.

Not that the title would have given Avengers: Endgame any more validation it needs, but it has happened, as confirmed by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who announced the news to a packed Hall H at the San Diego Comic-Con. More on all of this below.

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Disney Trimming Down On Fox Projects
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Walt Disney Studios Logo

We’ve always expected that Disney would be making some major cuts to Fox since they acquired the entertainment assets back in March.

Among the first things to go were some employees. At the time, some 4,000 employees were to be affected by this merger, which also included Disney shutting down Fox 2000, a branch of Fox that released films like The Devil Wears Prada, The Fault in Our Stars, and The Hate U Give. Now Disney is moving on to other projects by cutting out even more titles. More on this below.

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Disney’s Fox Acquisition Officially Closes On March 20, 2019
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Walt Disney Studios Logo

It’s been a very busy year for Walt Disney Studios’ Alan Horn. After acquiring Marvel and Lucasfilm in recent years, the CEO helped the studio make its biggest acquisition yet, 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets.

Now, after months of working out the legalities, and waiting for approval from the Department of Justice, the Mouse House can officially call the once competing studio their own on March 20, 2019. More on the report below.

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Dave Bautista Says He May Not Return For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’
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Dave Bautista May Not Return For Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Many have been vocal about how James Gunn was unjustly fired after years old obscene tweets resurfaced because of an alt-right ultra conservative hit job. But none have been more vocal than Dave Bautista. The actor who plays Drax has gone on record saying he would consider not returning to reprise his role. That was followed by an ultimatum that if they did not use Gunn’s script, he would walk out on the project entirely, regardless of contractual obligations. Since then, Disney and Marvel Studios have decided to put the sequel on hold until they can figure out the next move.

While it’s still not clear if the studio will use Gunn’s script – he had finished an early draft before he was fired – it appears Bautista may not return at all. More on the story below.

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Disney Stands By Decision To Fire James Gunn From Directing ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’
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Disney Stands By Decision To Fire James Gunn

It has been weeks since Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was fired over years-old tweets unearthed by alt-right personalities with a vendetta. Since that time, there has been an overwhelming amount of support from fans and the cast to get the former director rehired so that he could direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

However, it’s being reported that Disney will be standing by its decision to fire the director. And in a surprising turn of events, Marvel Studios supports their parent company’s decision. More on the story below.

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How Creative Committee Dissolution Will Change Marvel Studios
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The Avengers Post-Credits Scene

This week marked big changes for Marvel Studios. Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter lost his power over the superhero studio that has grossed over $7 billion dollars in seven years, leaving Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige to report to Disney Head Of Live-Action Movies Alan Horn. Perlmutter will retain oversight on Marvel Television, but the restructuring meant that Kevin Feige would have more control over budgets, casting, etc when it comes to everything Marvel Studios. It’s not clear what this could mean for the overall shared universe with the films being connected with TV. But I’ve heard that there isn’t much of a connection between the two parties at all. But that is besides the point.

Now it appears that the shake-up isn’t over yet, and this could be a big one. There are two reports coming out saying that Marvel’s Creative Committee – their version of the Pixar Brain Trust – will now dissolve. More on this story below.

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Kevin Feige’s Power Grows As Marvel Assimilates With Disney
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Kevin Feige

While most would think that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is the top man who reports to Disney CEO Bob Iger, that really isn’t the case. He actually reports to Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter, a reclusive executive who is known for micromanaging the superhero entertainment giant. However, Feige has expressed frustration at the working relationship. So after venting said frustration to Iger and Disney live-action head Alan Horn, the company did some corporate restructuring, which gives Perlmutter less control over Marvel Studios and more to Feige.

More on the story below.

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Disney Theatrical Productions and William Goldman To Bring ‘The Princess Bride’ To The Stage
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The Princess Bride

Disney Theatrical Productions is teaming up with William Goldman to bring beloved fairy tale The Princess Bride to the stage.

Disney will work with Goldman to adapt The Princess Bride—from both his 1973 original book and his screenplay for the 1987 classic movie of the same name—and it’s not yet clear whether the final product will be a musical or a play.

The deal was put together by Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, who was involved with the movie adaptation while he was at Castle Rock Entertainment.

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D23 Expo: Lucasfilm Offers No New Details On ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’
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D23 Expo 2013: Star Wars: Episode VII banner

Attendees at today’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA, were shocked and disappointed to discover that Disney and Lucasfilm had no new details to share regarding their highly anticipated Star Wars sequel, Star Wars: Episode VII (hence, I’m sorry to have to pass this disappointment on to you, dear readers).

The lengthy live-action presentation today at the main hall of the Expo, which included panels for other properties like Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Disney’s Maleficent, began this morning with the Lucasfilm panel. Immediately, it was announced that there were no additional details to be revealed on the forthcoming seventh episode of the franchise, apparently getting that bummer out of the way early. (I suspect Lucasfilm would have concluded the day’s presentation had breaking news been planned.)

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