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Disney-Fox’s Combined Movie Calendar Is a Box Office Death Star

The House that Walt Built is doubling its film slate with the acquisition of 20th Century Fox film, Fox 2000 and Fox Searchlight.

Just like that, Disney’s movie studio has doubled its calendar for 2019.

In closing its historic $71.3 billion acquisition of a large swatch of 21st Century Fox, the House that Walt built has inherited 20th Century Fox film, Fox 2000 and Oscar powerhouse Fox Searchlight. The deal was finalized just past midnight ET on Wednesday.

The merger gives Disney dominion over James Cameron’s Avatar franchise, the Kingsman series and the X-Men universe, including Deadpool, which will now be guided by Kevin Feige’s Marvel Studios. Avatar 2 has a plum year-end release date of Dec. 18, 2020.

The nuptials also give Disney — known for all-audience tentpoles — access to a diverse slate of adult dramas and specialty titles, including James Mangold’s untitled Ford v. Ferrari film, starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, and Joe Wright’s The Woman in the Window, starring Amy Adams and Julianne Moore.

Taking over the marketing and distribution of the various Fox movies will be a complicated task. Disney has 10 movies dated for release between now and New Year’s Day — many believe it will be the studio’s biggest year ever — while Fox likewise has 10 (and that doesn’t include Searchlight titles).

Don’t be surprised if some Fox titles move. James Gray’s sci-fi epic Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt, is set to fly into theaters May 24, the same date that Disney’s Aladdin debuts. Nearly two months out, almost no marketing materials have been released for Astra, indicating that it won’t be ready. Pitt’s other summer movie is Quentin Tarantino and Sony’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which released its first trailer on Wednesday.

Fox’s Call of the Wild, starring Harrison Ford and

Article source: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disney-foxs-combined-movie-calendar-is-a-box-office-death-star-1195835

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