How will this massive fusion unfold? Judging by the first CinemaCon panel, clumsily.
CinemaCon 2018 marked the farewell presentation of Twentieth Century Fox. And this year, Disney's studio president, Alan Horn, has integrated the acquisition at the Disney show. While he was renting "Bohemian Rhapsody" for an incredible $ 900 million, he seemed almost envious. And while celebrating the 25th anniversary of Fox Searchlight with a tribute album and boasting their four Oscar awards for the best film in 10 years and the recent win as Best Actress for "The Favorite", it's a good one. is mocked last year 's winner, "The Shape of Water". "" What is it, really? "He said.
Horn, who said he had just "realized all this", is still not comfortable with mounting a sizzling reel of Fox and Disney movies. It makes sense. Emma Watts, chief of the Fox, admitted later that the two studios were rivals for a very long time. "We competed on this stage," she said. "It's a shock to be here as colleagues, but we were clearly chosen by the best team in the industry. I can not wait for what lies ahead … My humble argument is that legacies are made every day and with the vast resources of Walt Disney behind us, we are ready to write our next chapter. "
In a tone of cautious optimism, Horn said, "We are confident that together we will form more than the sum of our parts." We promised to stay true to the theatrical window while "we move together as a united society", this respected framework seemed a little overwhelmed. He already directed the Disney ("Mary Poppins Returns"), Disney Animation ("Ralph Breaks the Internet"), Pixar ("Incredibles 2"), Marvel ("Avenger: Infinity War") and Lucasfilm ("Solo: One Star Wars story. ") And now, he needs to add a whole other movie studio, while he's laying off thousands of fired employees who do nothing to deserve their fate.
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The participants at CinemaCon, while wanting to play Fox and Disney films in their theaters, could not help but notice that Disney's head of distribution, Cathleen Taff, was a novice. Last year, he had less talent for the show than Fox's veteran cast. President Chris Aronson has his little finger.
The nagging question at CinemaCon is this while Fox plays his current slate, will he always make more movies? Which? Will there be a net loss of volume in the future? (Horn excised Fox 2000.) Will Fox and Searchlight content be sold in theaters or on Disney +? That is the question.
Exhibitors can count on Disney to offer extraordinary blockbusters. The question is what happens to the mid-level product – the type of film that Gabler will not do at all.
Horn assured that there would be many more pictures of Fox coming up. And Taff also awkwardly praised Fox executives who lost their jobs in this transition. "We are proud of both studios," she said, recalling that the two studios gathered last year had delivered five of the top 10 films in the world and six of the top 10 national films. This is another problem for the future: an unprecedented dominant studio that could hold about 40% of the market.
Already in 2019, "Captain Marvel" became the seventh hit of $ 1 billion for Marvel. Taff acknowledged that adjustments would be required to the overlapping release dates for both studios. (Updates are in the works.) The end of the year includes two feature films to be transcribed: "Frozen 2" (Thanksgiving) and Chris Buck's Jennifer and JJ "Star Wars: Episode IX (December)" Abrams.
The two titles of Fox 2000 are not ready either for Primetime: the adaptation of the book "The art of running in the rain", with Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried, who looks good, and "The Woman at the Window "by Joe Wright with Amy Adams. Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Wyatt Russell and Brian Tyree Henry. The first joint release for both studios will take place at Easter. with another title Fox 2000, the true story "Breakthrough", directed by Roxann Dawson and starring Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas and Topher Grace.
"Avengers: Endgame", directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, is one of the most likely films to overtake Marvel's gross end-of-the-year ranking, adding more numbers to Marvel's extraordinary gross total of 21 films $ 18.5 billion. "Their film universe is not the same," Taff said. What happens next?
Watts will continue to exploit the past ("Deadpool", "Kingsman", "Planet of the Apes" and "Avatar") while delivering the present. Fox showed a solid trailer for Simon Kimberg's latest film "X-Men" (June 7), which includes in the mix the mutant and incredibly improved hero Jean Gray (Sophie Turner). As she attacks those she loves most and tears her X-Men family, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) seeks a solution. Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is just trying to annihilate it, but it's too powerful.
The comedy Buddy "Stuber" (July 12) does not carry the name of Netflix's executive, but rather of a Uber driver portrayed by Kumail Nanjiani who is immersed in a night of extremely violent police work by a dishonest passenger (Dave Battista). The film talks about "competing versions of masculinity … what it takes to be a hero," Watts said.
Let's hope that the kind of film that Fox will still have to do is the one that Watts herself described as part of the "list of endangered species," she said. "It takes a studio to make a film of scale and scope with big ideas and the biggest movie stars with larger-than-life characters." "Ford v. Ferrari" by James Mangold (November 15) starring Matt Damon as a race- A car manufacturer hired by Ford to build a car to beat Ferrari at Le Mans. Christian Bale plays the driver who can win.
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Sean Bailey introduced new footage from Guy Ritchie's "Aladdin" (Memorial Day weekend) that looked crazy, with blue genius Will Smith singing "You've never had a friend like me" .
True enthusiasm is Jon Favreau's extraordinary technological feat, "The Lion King" (July 19), which raises the question of what is a "live" remake of an animated original and an animated remake; They are animated characters expressed by actors evolving in a realistic animated universe. Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Albrecht Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver and Beyonce's star.
"Evil: Mistress of Evil" (October) of Joachim Ronning opposes the evil mother of Angelina Jolie who raised the princess of Allora Fanning as his daughter against his fiancée, the mother of Prince Philip (Michelle Pfeiffer), who turns out to be a worthy opponent.
Pixar producer Jonas Rivera has presented 17 minutes of Josh Cooley's "Toy Story 4", which places Woody (Tom Hanks) in a new situation as his new owner, Bonnie, heads for kindergarten. Never underestimate Pixar.