Mergers are never easy. In the name of making a profit, a lot of tough choices need to be made regarding employees. When two large companies come together, there is bound to be redundant positions axed, but that’s not even accounting for positions in labels and imprints that don’t necessarily fit in with the vision of its parent company anymore (You know…Disney).
Such seems to be the case with Fox 2000, a label under 20th Century Fox that handled smaller, mid-budget movies like The Fault in Our Stars, The Devil Wears Prada, and Hidden Figures. Though while it is shuttering this label, Disney will still finish off the movies still being made like The Woman in the Window.
Marty Bowen, producer of The Fault in Our Stars, among other Fox 2000 titles like Love, Simon, wasn’t too happy about this news, as he said to THR.
“I’m honestly angry, shocked and really, really hurt. As a life time fan of all things Disney, this is difficult for me to say, but I think the shuttering of Fox 2000 is going to go down as the one big mistake The Mouse has made in an otherwise flawless strategy. The 2000 Bungalow is a safe haven for filmmakers. A place where laughter and tears coexist and where the first thought was always ‘what’s best for the movie.’ I know efficiencies must be achieved when two behemoths become one, but we can never forget the importance creativity and passion play in the process of making great movies.”
So why is this happening? Of course, we can only speculate, but I do see some crossover between what Fox 2000 has done and the films Disney is looking to make under for their Disney+ streaming service. This consolidation almost sounds like another nail in the coffin in terms of non-action mid-budget movies having a meaningful presence in movie theaters. That being said, this would limit the production of mid-budget R-rated efforts, which is a real shame.
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