A disturbance in the Force of epic proportions is looming. As we already knew, 21st Century Fox, the media conglomerate led by Rupert Murdoch, was looking for a buyer for its entire fiction division, with the 20th Century Fox film studio as the main attraction . Although there were several companies behind (Comcast, to which Universal Pictures belongs is one of them), and in fact they are still in the race so to speak, the one that is closest to signing is Disney. Initially the negotiations had cooled, but in recent days they have returned to the charge with great intensity.
So much, that according to CNBC the agreement could be announced next week . That is, in just a few days we could see how Disney acquires a new media giant as it did with Pixar or Lucasfilm. This time there is talk of more than 60,000 million dollars that Disney will pay for Fox.
What does this agreement include? According to CNBC, Disney would take over film studios (20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, 20th Century Home, the Blue Sky animation studio), Star television channels, A & E and the 20th Century Fox Television studio, the percentages of Hulu and Sky shares, and regional sports channels. 21st Century Fox would remain as a conglomerate focused on current affairs and business, in addition to the Fox Sports (national) channel.
What about the X-Men and company?
In a less commercial and more cinephile term, it would imply that yes, the mutants and the Fantastic Four would return to Marvel and could appear next to the characters controlled by Disney. They would also recover the rights of the original trilogies of ‘ Star Wars ‘, they would do with the immense catalog of the studio and properties as juicy as ‘ Avatar ‘. What would it mean for franchises like ‘ Deadpool ‘, it’s early to say, but it would definitely make Disney a more unstoppable giant than it already is, something that perhaps is not a win for long-term viewers. But, as we have said, at the moment there is no signature and we can not know what the real consequences will be. We can only speculate.