These Movies Just Got Axed Because Of the Fox/Disney Merger

We’re sure you’ve heard by now that Fox and Disney have merged changing the landscape of the entertainment industry and the trajectory of some of our favorite film franchises forever. Disney acquired all of Fox’s assets officially on March 20, 2019, to the tune of $71.3 billion.

However, there has been some major turmoil since the acquisition. Layoffs have happened, and Disney studio chief Alan Horn got rid of Fox 2000 altogether along with several projects that were slated to be released through Fox.

Which movies got axed because of the Fox/Disney merger?

With any merger or acquisition, the acquiring company is going to clean up shop, and that’s precisely what Bob Iger and the folks at Disney are doing with several Fox titles. Luckily, most of these movies are now being claimed by other studios.

Mouse Guard

Based on the adaptation of David Petersen’s graphic novel, Fox had set Mouse Gaurd in motion as a $170 million live-action project that follows a brotherhood of mice that are sworn to help their fellow mice. Disney was quick to give it the ax saying that it is way too expensive for a nonfranchise film. The film hasn’t found a home just yet, but production was supposed to start in May 2019.

On the Come Up

Based on Angie Thomas’ second novel —On the Come Up follows the story of Bri, the daughter of a late rapper who becomes a viral hit. The project has been moved to Paramount. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Disney scrapped the project because the adaptation of Thomas’ first novel —The Hate U Give, “lost $30 million to $40 million despite a modest $23 million budget and a marketing spend believed to be about $30 million.”

News of the World

The Tom-Hanks led film, News of the World is being moved to Universal. Based on the 2016 novel by Paulette Jiles. The film follows Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks) who travels throughout Texas to recite newspapers to the illiterate just as the Civil War has ended. Along the way, he is tasked with handing over a 10-year-old girl named Johanna to her aunt and uncle, following the murder or her family by a band of Kiowa raiders.

Are any movies from Fox moving forward at Disney?

Though Disney axed quite a few Fox films — a handful are still moving forward in the new merger environment. The Kingsman prequel The Great Game helmed by Matthew Vaughn is moving forward as is the low-budget witchcraft movie Fear Street and Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story.

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