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Disney’s Fox Acquisition Officially Closes On March 20, 2019
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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.

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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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Harvey Weinstein & Walt Disney Studios To Develop Film Adaptation Of ‘Artemis Fowl’
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Walt Disney Studios and Harvey Weinstein haven’t worked together on a project since Mirimax closed its doors in 2005. But now the two are getting ready to reunite for a film adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s novel Artemis Fowl.

Described as fairies meet Die Hard, the live-action feature will be based on the first and second installments in Disney Publishing Worldwide’s best-selling children’s fiction series. Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) will pen the screenplay, and Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal will executive produce.

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Disney Possibly Planning A Reboot Of ‘The Rocketeer’
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Disney Plans Reboot Of The Rocketeer

Looking back at the early 90s, one of the films that I fondly remember wanting to see over and over again was The Rocketeer. The film about a stunt pilot (Billy Campbell) who stumbles across a rocket propelled jet pack and uses it to stop a top Nazi spy (Timothy Dalton) and save the girl (Jennifer Connelly) was just awesome to watch. But as time passed, the actor who played those characters got older and now that we are in 2012, asking for a sequel seems completely out of the question. So in a situation like this and in this day and age, it’s not so surprising to hear that a reboot might be in the works. Yes that dreaded word is rearing its ugly head again. But it might not be as bad as you might think.

According to Vulture, new Disney chief Alan Horn is more concerned about the older properties that Disney used to own than with the new ones like The Muppets or Marvel. Not to say that he will cast the latter two aside, it just looks like Horn wants to give Disney’s live-action department a much-needed recharge. But to start off with a film, like The Rocketeer, which did so poorly at the box office, is a bit questionable. Still the film has its fanbase, and that just may be the key to its success. Just imagine an older generation of fans (like myself) introducing the new Rocketeer to the newer generation.

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