Disney Cancels Hundreds of Fox Films. Though a good portion of these films would never come to fruition, Disney has given the axe to almost every film that Fox Studios had been looking to produce in the future. Roughly 246 films were in various forms of production. This comes as no surprise in the Disney-Fox merger, since similar practices are common after a merger of this proportion.
According to ComicBook.com, Disney only decided to green-light half a dozen films that were in post-production and only a handful of franchises that Disney feels will do well, particularly the Marvel based franchises such as Deadpool, X-Men, and Fantastic Four. Disney also plans on creating 4 more Avatar films with Fox Studio.
Many relatively successful films and potential stories were completely scraped, even some that were contracted to host sequels that will never see the light of day outside of the studio. Some of those titles include:
- Assassin’s Creed 2
- The Boogeyman
- Chronicle 2
- Flash Gordon
- Hitman 2
- League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
- Magic: The Gathering
- Play Doh (Yes, really)
- The Return of the Killer Klowns from Outer Space in 3D
- The Sims
These films were in various stages of production at Fox Studio, while some were merely in the conceptual stages with the studio, but have officially been dismissed and will no longer be in consideration for production.
Disney has announced they plan to reboot a few of the fan favorite franchises such as Home Alone, Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Cheaper by the Dozen, but with a catch. The reboots will be release via Disney’s new streaming service, Disney Plus (Disney+). It is not yet known if the films will be remade into new films or if they will be converted into series for Disney+.
Are you sad to see any of these Fox Films go? What franchises do you hope Disney decides to keep from the merger? Let us know in the comments, we would love to hear your thoughts!
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