Lethal Weapon Sequel Bits

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Lethal Weapon 5 is close to being a real thing
  • The Halloween reboot gets a new leading lady
  • Regina Hall joins the sequel to Shaft
  • A new poster for The Strangers: Prey at Night
  • Kingsman 3 apparently already in the works

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Fantastic Four in the MCU

All your favorite Marvel characters from Fox are definitely heading over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In case you needed further clarification, Disney CEO Bob Iger went ahead and announced that the huge, historic Disney-Fox deal officially puts the Fantastic Four in the MCU, along with X-Men and Deadpool as well. All hail our new Disney overlords.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Disney-Fox Deal

disney fox deal questions

Early Thursday morning, the Walt Disney Company announced that it was buying 21st Century Fox in a historic $52.4 billion deal that has shaken the media and entertainment industries. As part of the deal — valued at over $60 billion including debt — Disney will acquire Fox’s film studio 20th Century Fox along with all its movie franchises, select TV networks like FX and National Geographic, and more.

We break down the full extent of the Disney-Fox deal, and what it means for the future of the movie industry, streaming, and Rupert Murdoch.

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deadpool 2 poster

When Disney’s $52 billion deal to buy much of 21st Century Fox’s assets goes through, a lot of people are going to lose their jobs and the film industry will be shaken in ways that we can’t comprehend quite yet. But hey, at least Deadpool will get to call Iron Man a dick on the big screen, as God intended.

Disney CEO Bob Iger addressed the red-suited loudmouth in the room, acknowledging that yeah, Deadpool is a Disney movie now and yeah, this could mean more R-rated superhero movies from the studio in the future.

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simpsons predicted fox deal

Today, it was officially announced that Disney would purchase key assets of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion. The fallout from this will be massive and could radically reshape the film industry as we know it. A lot of cool stuff could happen. A lot of bad things will probably happen.

But until we can see the shape of what’s to come, we can only sit back and make jokes. Or rather, remember jokes that The Simpsons made nearly 20 years ago that predicted that Disney would buy Fox. Which means that The Simpsons predicted their future overlords.

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Fox Disney

Disney and Fox have officially finalized the monumental deal that could alter the very landscape of the entertainment industry.

The Walt Disney Company announced that will acquire key entertainment assets from 21st Century Fox in a $52.4 billion deal. This includes the much-debated purchase of 20th Century Fox film studio and TV studio, as well as a few sports assets from 21st Century Fox. Find out all the details of the Disney Fox deal below.

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the greatest showman featurettes

While there may be a lot of mystery surrounding whether The Greatest Showman is any good or not — the review embargo remains while the movie swoops up surprise Golden Globe nominations for best comedy/musical and best actor — there is no mystery to the fact that this is a straight-up musical.

And these new The Greatest Showman featurettes are here to remind you of that, offering you plenty of clips of Hugh Jackman buoyantly dancing to the songs written by the acclaimed composers of La La Land.

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Disney Fox

Update 2: Variety reports that the deal between Disney and Fox will be announced on Thursday. 21st Century Fox will retain Fox News, the Fox broadcast network, and Fox Sports 1 while Disney will acquire Fox’s movie and TV studios. The deal is expected to cost Disney $60 billion.

Update: CNBC reports that Disney and Fox are “closing in on a deal” and that details could be announced as soon as next week. Their sources claim that Fox’s assets are worth north of $60 billion. We will update you accordingly as more is revealed. Our original article follows.

Weeks ago, news broke that Disney might be interested in buying parts of 21st Century Fox (whose assets include the 20th Century Fox film studio and television networks like FX). By the time the news broke, the talks were considered over and the deal was thought to be dead. But perhaps reports of the deal’s death have been greatly exaggerated. The Disney/Fox deal might still be on, and to add fuel to the fire, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner is keen to bring the X-Men to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Could that happen if the Disney Fox acquisition becomes a reality?

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Wolverine in the MCU

Any day now, we’re going to find out if the Disney-Fox deal will actually happen, possibly resulting in Disney buying a large chunk of Fox. When and if that deal goes through, there’s going to be a lot of questions about all kinds of moving parts, but all anyone on the internet seems to really care about is the prospect of Fox’s Marvel properties finally interacting with Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well, there’s one Fox/Marvel player who says to count him out of the whole thing: Hugh Jackman. Jackman recently revealed that even if the Disney-Fox deal goes through and creates the opportunity to see Wolverine in the MCU, his time as the character is still over.

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fantastic four rights

Put away your Fantastic Four and Avengers figurines, and roll up your shirt sleeves: We’re going to talk movie rights. One of the biggest deals in the superhero movie landscape could soon take place and it has vast implications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and beyond.

Disney and 21st Century Fox are finalizing a deal that would see the House of Mouse acquiring the rights to all of Fox’s movie and TV divisions. This ostensibly means that Fox’s superhero franchises like X-Men and Fantastic Four could be folded into Disney’s Marvel Studios — though there are plenty of other chilling implications outside of superhero movies. But while the X-Men movie rights are wholly under the jurisdiction of 20th Century Fox, Fantastic Four is another matter. In fact, because of Fantastic Four‘s long and troubled history with its movie rights, the foursome could be excluded from the Disney-Fox deal altogether.

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