VultureHound’s Weekly News Round-Up (24/03/2019)

Hello and welcome to VultureHound‘s weekly news round-up, where we bring you the biggest and best news to come out of the film industry every Sunday.

This week:
– Toy Story trailer sends Woody and the gang on a road trip
– Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film gets its first teaser
– The Disney-Fox merger is complete

Read on to find out more!

Toy Story 4 strives to create ‘new happy memories’

As is the way of modern cinema, sequels, reboots and requels continue to be churned out, and this time around, it’s Toy Story‘s turn. After a teaser hinting at a film that would explore what it means to be a toy through the eyes of Bonnie’s own creation, Forky (a spork with arms and legs), this new trailer gives us an extended look at the journey Woody and the gang will take as they track down their new companion after he makes a run for it:

Toy Story 4 jumps into cinemas on June 21st 2019.

 

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood…

After months of talk about cast and plot, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the ninth film from Quentin Tarantino, has seen the release of its first teaser trailer. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as an actor named Rick Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth, as they try to make the transition from TV actors to movie stars. Margot Robbie also appears as Sharon Tate, who falls victim to the Manson Family murders; something that, in the movie, will be happening while Rick and Cliff make their journey through Hollywood.

Of course, not much of that is evident from the teaser, which sways more towards a lighthearted comedy vibe:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ventures into cinemas on July 26th 2019.

 

The Mouse officially owns the Fox

thewaltdisneycompany.com has been updated to reflect this monumental change

This week, one of the biggest deals in cinema history went through as the Walt Disney Company completed their acquisition of 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion.

Over the years, Fox had racked up an impressive library of releases, including Avatar and Titanic (the two highest grossing films of all time), the original six Star Wars films, Marvel’s X-Men and more recently, Bohemian Rhapsody, among many other hits (and some misses, of course – no one’s perfect).

But now, all of that belongs to Disney. Disney beat out rival companies Comcast, Sony and Verizon for the acquisition, and are now in the process of integrating 21st Century Fox’s various divisions, including the 20th Century Fox film studio, the FX TV networks and National Geographic. Other divisions, such as Fox Television, Fox News and Fox Sports are remaining under the control of the Murdoch Family.

The outcome of this deal has already been covered by various outlets at length, but the basic facts are as follows:

By buying out Fox, Disney now has full access to all Star Wars films and has also has gained a sizeable chunk of the Marvel Universe (the X-Men, Fantastic Four and related characters) which they can now merge into their own film slates.

Other new properties like The Simpsons and Atlanta, are now also under their control. Fortunately, Disney CEO Bob Iger has previously mentioned that properties like Deadpool will most likely retain their R-Rating, meaning not everything in the deal will be PG-ified (no kid-friendly Xenomorphs coming this way any time soon).

These factors give Disney a lot to work with when it comes to kitting out their new streaming service, Disney+, which is expected later this year.

However, while those in charge seem to have mostly secured new positions under Disney, going forward there is expected to be widespread layoffs, as the 3000 plus employees at Fox’s film studio may struggle to find a home at their new company.

Furthermore, there is still the pervading fear that Disney is rather effortlessly creating a monopoly, and many question at what point the government will step in to stop their growth. Like the kid-friendly Xenomorphs, it doesn’t look to be any time soon.

Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox occurred on 20th March 2019, 12.02am ET.

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