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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Lauren Shuler Donner on Future X-Men Movies

If there’s any way a text blog post could be said to be ‘coming live’ then this one is, and from the Fox Blu-Ray press event in Beverly Hills. So far this morning we’ve been treated to a host of presentations centred around the release of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine Blu-Ray, out now in the US, hitting my native UK on October 19th.

First up was Lauren Shuler Donner, X-producer responsible for all of the mutant movies so far, and by the sounds of things, plenty more to come. Though she wasn’t able to stay for a series of extended interviews, she did take some questions from the floor, including mine. The answer is coming up after the break – clarifying just what is going on with X-Men: First Class at the moment, not to mention the Deadpool movie and a couple of other, less expected mutant pictures.

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