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Disney’s Bob Iger Says R-Rated Fox Properties Can Continue After Acquisition

There’s been a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the impending closing of the acquisition of 20th Century Fox properties by media giant Disney. But we fans of the Alien and Predator franchises can rest a little easier thanks to recent comments by Disney CEO Bob Iger on an investment earnings call.

 Disney's Bob Iger Says R-Rated Fox Properties Can Continue After Acquisition

Photo by Joe Penniston of the Alien featured on ‘The Great Movie Ride’ in Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. The ride unfortunately closed two years ago.

Though Iger had previously seemed open to the idea of the R-rated ‘Deadpool’ franchise continuing, we didn’t hear much more than that until late last summer when we got some worrying news from The Wall Street Journal that Disney would be scaling back on adult films. This information comes to us by way of DiscussingFilm…

“Bob Iger has said that they plan on keeping Deadpool an R-Rated brand and plan to further include R-Rated film brands in their future product portfolio.”

This is the first we’ve heard of other Fox R-rated brands continuing besides ‘Deadpool.’

DiscussingFilm additionally tweeted some other noteworthy mentions of Iger’s comments from the call…

“Bob Iger has said they do not plan to publish video games through Disney in the future and will instead focus on licensing their brands to respective game studios such as EA with their Star Wars license.”

“Bob Iger has said that FX Networks will be able to create and produce content for Hulu but likely not for Disney+ as Disney+ will be their family friendly streaming service with Hulu being adult oriented.”

The comments made regarding Disney not publishing video games makes me wonder about recently formed Fox Publishing arm FoxNext, and if that studio will survive moving forward, or if Disney will license out the franchises to another Publisher.

Also, given Iger’s comments regarding adult shows on Hulu, if we were to ever see an Alien, Predator, or AVP series, it’s plausible to think we’d see it on that platform.

Personally, I find it unlikely that Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel series, or a continuation of Shane Black’s The Predator story will continue after the acquisition.

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  1. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Mar 20, 2019, 11:19:24 AM
    No idea at the minute. We imagine all the none-Disney brands will continue under the 20th Century Fox banner but we don't know yet.

    As of March 7th:

    Later in the meeting, Iger said that Disney plans to keep some of the 20th Century Fox-related brand names alive for some productions.

    "There will be businesses within the company that still have the Fox name on them, particularly on the movie side," Iger said. "We will continue to make the movies under the Fox brand and Fox Searchlight brand. FX will keep its name too."


    https://variety.com/2019/biz/news/disney-star-wars-galaxys-edge-shareholders-meeting-1203157336/
  2. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: Huggs on Mar 20, 2019, 01:58:22 AM
    Quote from: David's Creation on Mar 20, 2019, 01:51:28 AM
    Someone shared this in the Facebook group.  Go vote for Alien!
    (...or Predator, I guess.) ;)

    https://www.comingsoon.net/movies/features/1051003-poll-which-20th-century-fox-franchise-should-disney-prioritize?fbclid=IwAR1C_cXHKwhoa6J0xymTu_HLlAUGshIwKnBRvIy9houWoou-o0mCEe6JkWI

    I voted alien

    I didn't figure there was any point in voting for predator after what just happened with the last film. I imagine Disney saw that as a clear sign to stay away.

    Listen to you. The same thing can be said of Alien Covenant. Just say you voted Alien cuz you love Alien.

    And this new Terminator greenlit so soon after the Terminator Genisys debacle gives me hope for both franchises.
  3. Huggs
    Quote from: David's Creation on Mar 20, 2019, 01:51:28 AM
    Someone shared this in the Facebook group.  Go vote for Alien!
    (...or Predator, I guess.) ;)

    https://www.comingsoon.net/movies/features/1051003-poll-which-20th-century-fox-franchise-should-disney-prioritize?fbclid=IwAR1C_cXHKwhoa6J0xymTu_HLlAUGshIwKnBRvIy9houWoou-o0mCEe6JkWI

    I voted alien

    I didn't figure there was any point in voting for predator after what just happened with the last film. I imagine Disney saw that as a clear sign to stay away.

    Xmen is in the lead, naturally. C'mon, we've had tons of those films already. Enough teen superheroes, give us sci-fi horror.
  4. BlazinBlueReview
    Quote from: Samhain13 on Mar 20, 2019, 01:08:13 AM
    Quote from: Huggs on Mar 20, 2019, 12:08:04 AM
    Quote from: The Old One on Mar 18, 2019, 09:26:54 PM
    No thank you. ADF's mediocre.
    And the original novel (Origins)' garbage, and a no good indicator.

    Origins was crap, but ADF is anything but mediocre.

    They should've let him do the david/shaw juggernaut journey.

    Colossal waste of talent and time writing that origins novel.

    We have not yet witnessed ADF's final form. He has always been too limited by what Fox dictates his novels must follow. He proved he deserves to write an original idea of his own with aliens by what he did on the Alien Covenant novelization.

    100% sure Disney will let him go wild with a novel.
  5. Samhain13
    Quote from: Huggs on Mar 20, 2019, 12:08:04 AM
    Quote from: The Old One on Mar 18, 2019, 09:26:54 PM
    No thank you. ADF's mediocre.
    And the original novel (Origins)' garbage, and a no good indicator.

    Origins was crap, but ADF is anything but mediocre.

    They should've let him do the david/shaw juggernaut journey.

    Colossal waste of talent and time writing that origins novel.

    We have not yet witnessed ADF's final form. He has always been too limited by what Fox dictates his novels must follow. He proved he deserves to write an original idea of his own with aliens by what he did on the Alien Covenant novelization.
  6. Voodoo Magic
    What Hicks said. There's no general consensus.

    It's nothing like how Predator 2 smashes Predators in the polls. Now that's a landslide!

    Spoiler
    ;D
    [close]




    It's a done deal!

    Fox announced when it goes into effect:

    The Walt Disney Company's ("Disney") acquisition of 21CF will become effective at 12:02 a.m. Eastern Time tomorrow, March 20, 2019.

    https://www.21cf.com/news/21st-century-fox/2019/21st-century-fox-announces-completion-of-distribution-in-connection-with-disney-acquisition/



  7. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: Nightmare Asylum on Mar 19, 2019, 01:45:51 AM
    Quote from: Perfect-Organism on Mar 19, 2019, 01:26:48 AM
    What do you mean they're cancelling the second tv series?  I thought the first was that Isolation thing and the second was tba.

    The two TV show rumor and the Isolation digital series were two entirely different things. We haven't had any word from Fox on the potential TV shows.

    As it stands, AFAIK, no there's no weight behind it. There's always something being talked about but how far that goes is another question. With the Disney merger, I really wouldn't expect something big, including TV shows, until all the dust has settled.


    Quote from: The Old One on Mar 18, 2019, 09:26:54 PM
    No thank you. ADF's mediocre.
    And the original novel (Origins)' garbage, and a no good indicator.

    Sacrilege. I would love to see ADF tackle an original novel where he actually gets to use the Aliens. Yeah, Origins is poor. It's a poor indicator of what Alien-less stories in the Alien universe can be and it's a poor indicator of ADF's ability to write an original "Alien" novel. But I'd love to see him actually get to do a proper one.


    Quote from: David's Creation on Mar 18, 2019, 05:54:04 PM
    Really?  "90% of Alien fans" would agree that Ridley's efforts need to die on a cliffhanger because they were just that awful?  I doubt that.

    It baffles me that people consider The Predator and Covenant to be in the same league of crap.

    Aye, in terms of the bigger polls it's never been anywhere near that clear. It sits around the 50/50 mark of people who love/hate the prequels. There's no clear big picture.
  8. Frosty Venom
    I would assume those rumours formed around the time Alien: Isolation - The Digital Series and the Alien 40th Anniversary Tongal Shorts were in production. Though hopefully down the track we get more of both animated and live action episodic series's.
  9. Perfect-Organism
    Quote from: David's Creation on Mar 18, 2019, 11:11:20 PM
    I'd like to see more users take this poll to get a clearer picture of what the fans want.
    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/index.php?topic=58632.0

    As far as what the more casual fans want, I think that's obvious.  They want Blomkamp's idea - nostalgia, Ripley, Newt, Hicks, marines, action, popcorn, happy feelings in their tummies.

    I really think bringing Ripley and the marines back is the most safe and crowd-pleasing thing they could do at this point.  I don't want that, but I really picture Disney pushing for it.

    Ya, this is the direction they should go in.  100%

    What do you mean they're cancelling the second tv series?  I thought the first was that Isolation thing and the second was tba.
  10. Nukiemorph
    I'd like to see more users take this poll to get a clearer picture of what the fans want.
    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/index.php?topic=58632.0

    As far as what the more casual fans want, I think that's obvious.  They want Blomkamp's idea - nostalgia, Ripley, Newt, Hicks, marines, action, popcorn, happy feelings in their tummies.

    I really think bringing Ripley and the marines back is the most safe and crowd-pleasing thing they could do at this point.  I don't want that, but I really picture Disney pushing for it.
  11. [cancerblack]
    Quote from: The Old One on Mar 18, 2019, 09:26:54 PM
    No thank you. ADF's mediocre.
    And the original novel (Origins)' garbage, and a no good indicator.

    I thought it was good fun, despite some truly shit dialogue. Should have just been a standalone sci fi thriller rather than a licensed book though.

    Quote from: Nightmare Asylum on Mar 18, 2019, 09:27:03 PM
    I really wish that that two Alien series rumor had had some weight to it. Would have been nice to have had concurrent projects, one from Ridley finishing off his arc (I'd be down to see it concluded in film or as a series) and one going off in a different direction to tell an entirely separate story.

    But since that doesn't seem to be the case, I absolutely want to see Ridley's arc completed before we move off into whatever new direction they eventually plan on going in. And I'm all for new directions; the major appeal of the Alien franchise, for me at least, is seeing it reinterpreted with unique visions by different filmmakers. So let's finish up the current ongoing vision that is Ridley's prequel story, and then hand it off to the next set of filmmakers for their take on things.

    This guy gets it.
  12. The Old One
    After Gladiator? Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven DC, American Gangster, Body of Lies or The Martian?
    Spoiler
    Prologue: The Crossing, Perhaps?
    [close]
  13. Nightmare Asylum
    I really wish that that two Alien series rumor had had some weight to it. Would have been nice to have had concurrent projects, one from Ridley finishing off his arc (I'd be down to see it concluded in film or as a series) and one going off in a different direction to tell an entirely separate story.

    But since that doesn't seem to be the case, I absolutely want to see Ridley's arc completed before we move off into whatever new direction they eventually plan on going in. And I'm all for new directions; the major appeal of the Alien franchise, for me at least, is seeing it reinterpreted with unique visions by different filmmakers. So let's finish up the current ongoing vision that is Ridley's prequel story, and then hand it off to the next set of filmmakers for their take on things.
  14. [cancerblack]
    Quote from: Magegg on Mar 18, 2019, 08:51:57 PM
    What I want with the new regime a fresh start. If you want to start anew, you don't finish an "origin movie" trilogy.

    Whatever, probably in some 6 years we can have our reboot/relaunch of Alien and Predator.

    Thing is, a fresh start can happen at any point in time, while the clock is ticking for another ridley/fassbender joint. One of those options leaves prequel fans hanging forever, the other leaves Fresh Starters hanging for a few years, and doesn't actually preclude other non-David stuff being made in that time, technically.
  15. Magegg
    What I want with the new regime a fresh start. If you want to start anew, you don't finish an "origin movie" trilogy.

    Whatever, probably in some 6 years we can have our reboot/relaunch of Alien and Predator.
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