Weeks after the conclusion of one of the biggest mergers in the history of entertainment, both Disney and Fox took the stage together at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Before a packed crowd, chairman of Walt Disney Studios Alan Horn and vice chairman of Fox Film Emma Watts spoke in regards to what the merged studios have in store for the moviegoing public.
Horn admitted to the crowd that even he was trying to wrap his head around the now lengthened table of content Disney now owns. He went on to say:
“We have an unbelievable collection of stories, characters, and worlds to explore, coming from bold, visionary filmmakers like Jon Favreau, J.J. Abrams, Jennifer Lee, Joe Wright, James Cameron — and that’s just the Js.”
Immediately after that, an image of Ryan Reynolds in his Deadpool suit wearing Mickey Mouse ears—an image the actor tweeted the morning of the conclusion of the merger—popped up on the screen behind Horn. Horn assured the crowd and fans who were anxious to know what the future holds for their favorite Merc with a Mouth. “You’ll be seeing more of Deadpool in the years ahead,” he said.
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Watts pointed out how odd it was to now share the stage with a business partner who was once a rival for so many years. While it came off as a bit of a shock, she is now “excited to be a part of this incredible team.” She continued:
“While we may be living through a lot of change in our industry, the good news for all of us is that the formula for a good movie and the role of studio in that process remains the same; creativity, hard work and a singular dedication to filmmakers, empowering them to push boundaries and tell stories that stand the test of time. That will never change.”
Thanks to the merger, Disney now has access to 20th Century Fox properties like X-Men, Deadpool, Fantastic Four, Avatar, and Alien. Starting in April, Disney/Fox’s lineup of films includes Breakthrough, The Lion King, Frozen 2, Dark Phoenix, The Woman In The Window, and Star Wars: Episode IX.
Source: Entertainment Weekly.