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5 franchises returning once Disney take over Fox!

Expect to see new “Home Alone” and “Planet of the Apes” movies within the next couple of years

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Okay, so if you’ve been on Twitter, you’ll know enough about the Disney-Fox merger to know that a) Star Wars and Mickey Mouse can now work together b) There’s a decent shot at a solid Fantastic Four movie now and c) Frank-n-Furter will likely be the next Disney princess.

But besides shoddy Photoshop opportunities, what’s it all mean? Well, in a nutshell :

Disney take over for Fox, bringing their product into the storerooms with their own. The deal is expected to close in March, with only a few territories – in particular, Brazil has been bullish – lukewarm on the $71 billion buyout. Bob Iger is eager to lock this all down within the next six weeks, at which time we should have a ‘go’ date for the merge.

When it happens, and it will, Disney will inherit all of Fox’s Film and TV properties – and there’s too many of them to list here, but they include everything from the ‘’Die Hard’’, ‘’Predator’’ and ‘’Alien’’ franchises, to the Marvel characters they’ve housed for the past couple of decades (like ‘’X-Men’’), cult classic TV series like ‘’X-Files’’, ‘’Buffy, the Vampire Slayer’’ and “21 Jump Street”, Oscar winning greats like “Wall Street”, “Titanic” and “Working Girl”, and most importantly, the ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’ brand.Heh.

While nothing has been officially announced, there are a number of franchises rumoured to be revving up again once Disney takes over – with some art departments and producing committees even tinkering at the projects before then – and you’ll have already read about those plans for “Deadpool” (and yes, it WILL be rated-R), the “Alien” films, and “Die Hard”.  What’s interesting about Disney’s future slate is that, because they’ll now be spoilt for choice when it comes to their franchises, the studio will be transitioning some franchises to the small screen instead – turning once-proposed features into TV series (“Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Narnia” already rumoured to be going that route).

In terms of film franchises outside of the superhero universe, here’s a few others that we’ve heard are making a comeback courtesy 500 S Buena Vista St.

 

Home Alone

Will Ferrell and Melissa McCarthy are being courted to play the new bumbling burglars in a reboot of John Hughes’ classic “Home Alone”. “SNL” star Mikey Day and writing partner Streeter Seidell are scripting a film that will reportedly be set in the same universe as the original films – which means there’s a wee chance of a Macaulay Culkin cameo.

 

Planet of the Apes

Matt Reeves recently concluded his ”Planet of the Apes” franchise at Fox– with the bravura “War of the Planet of the Apes” – so Disney have a clean slate when it comes to a legendary franchise initiated by Franklin J. Schaffner in 1968. Have heard they’re quite keen to do another “Planet of the Apes” but whether that’s a remake or even a sequel to “War”, who knows? Guess they’ll shuffle in a horde of writers to pitch their different ideas and go from there.

 

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Classic cartoon series, numerous hit albums, a hit movie franchise for Fox, a successful new Cartoon Network ‘toon…  of course Disney are going to bring back Alvin, Theodore & Simon! Expect family franchises like “Alvin” (as well as “Night at the Museum” and “The Wimpy Kid”) to be of the first newly-greenlit projects over at Walt’s pad.

 

The Fly

No brainer. Fox have been trying to get a new “Fly” off the ground for years – and J.D Dillard and Alex Theurer “wrote a cool script”, we’re told – and Disney will continue developing. Such an awesome template to work on. How can Disney release horror and edgy adult fare like this? It’s called offshoot labels, folks – remember the Touchstone banner that Disney used to release adult fare like “Starship Troopers” and “Shoot to Kill” in the ‘80s and ‘90s?

 

Speed

“There’s talk” of something “Speed” happening, I’m told. One of Fox’s flag-ship action hits, and largely so because of the electric combo of Keanu Reeves and director Jan de Bont, don’t be at all surprised if Disney attempt to at least entice Reeves back into the fold. Fox have been looking at it for years, but couldn’t crack it. Reves does seem very keen on sequels right now, so maybe that was the hold up before? And who wouldn’t want to have a ‘Reeves-fronted’ action franchise in their house right now, with “John Wick” such a phenomenon!?

 

Gonna be a real interesting time for us movie fans when this kicks in!

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William Sadler will return for Bill & Ted 3. Excellent!

His character of Death returning

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“Bill & Ted Face the Music” will begin production this summer, and it’s been made official that William Sadler will return as Death for the third film! The actor appeared in “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey”, and writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson previously stated their intent to write the character back in.

As previously announced, Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves will be returning as the titular characters, and Dean Parisot is directing. The film is due out August 2020.

The plot: Two would-be rockers from San Dimas, California, were once told they’d save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, but find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.

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New Spider-Man: Far From Home posters revealed, sending our friendly neighbourhood hero global

Peter Parker is back!

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Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has gone global!

Peter Parker returns in “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, the next chapter of the “Spider-Man™: Homecoming” series! Our friendly neighbourhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!

Starring Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Directed by Jon Watts.

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” is in cinemas July 4 – check out the new posters below!

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Clueless cast reunite to celebrate 25th Anniversary!

Alicia SIlverstone, Paul Rudd, Breckin Meyer and Donald Faison were present

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The cast of ’90s gem “Clueless” reunited at C2E2 at McCormick Place Saturday afternoon to share memories of working on the now 25-year-old comedy classic.

While a couple of cast members were noticeably absent (specifically, Stacey Dash, who played Dionne, and the late, wonderful Brittany Murphy, who left us in 2009), the 2,800 seat hall did get to spend quality time with Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Breckin Meyer and Donald Faison.

While most of the cast had understandably aged, Rudd seems to be stuck in time.

“I’m 80 years old on the inside.” He pointed to his chest: “In here, pure darkness — and a little moisturizer.”

“They had to knock on Paul’s trailer an hour early because he had to finish sucking the lifeblood out of babies”, said Meyer, who played skateboarder Travis in the film.

While the audience seemed to be gunning for solid word on some sort of sequel, the cast reiterated that the film is  – sadly – going to be rebooted… without them.

Check out some of the pics from the panel :

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