Disney/Fox merger is officially done. As Disney merger looms, executives and creatives look back on Fox Studios’ storied history.
It’s official: the historic deal between the two corporations will officially take place at midnight, according to news outlets. On March 20, 2019, the Walt Disney Company will complete its $71.2 billion acquisition of key assets in Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. 20th Century Fox, owner of brands such as FX, Fox Searchlight and NatGeo, has folded to the Magic Kingdom and is a stand-alone entity comprising its Fox News brand and national sports networks as of March 19, 2019.
Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox’s movie and TV studios could see Marvel properties like X-Men, Deadpool and the Fantastic Four eventually join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Actors like Ryan Reynolds from the “Deadpool” franchise have taken to Twitter to express their excitement for the future of superhero franchises.
Since news of this final phase of the merger, some of the biggest and most recognizable names that worked with 20th Century Fox took to social media to pay tribute to the studio. “Over more than 25 years since my first film, ‘Cronos,’ began attracting attention, I cannot remember a time that I was not involved with some division of 20th Century Fox,” said Guillermo del Toro, director of “The Shape of Water”. “Will I miss 20th Century Fox? No. Because, no matter what name it may now be assigned or shape it may take,” del Toro said, “the spirit and key people will be the same.”
Simon Kinberg, director of upcoming “Dark Phoenix” X-Men film, spoke to Variety about the superhero genre under 20th Century Fox. “The one I was the most surprised about is, they let us make ‘Deadpool’. At the time, there was no precedent for R-rated superhero movies, and R-rated comedies were kind of dying. But we were encouraged to do all these innovations. And that’s what you want.”
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