Fox movies scrapped forever after Disney’s big takeover – digitalspy.com

19
80
Fox movies scrapped forever after Disney’s big takeover – digitalspy.com

die-hard-killer-klowns-ben-aflek-mcdonalds

Getty/Digital Spy20th Century Fox

Though the Disney acquisition of Fox is good news for X-Men fans hoping the mutants will receive the Marvel treatment, plenty of slated Fox movies have officially been axed by the mouse house.

According to Variety, the decision came after Fox posted an operating loss of $170 million in Disney’s third quarter. Poor returns on Dark Phoenix and high budgets on movies like Ford v Ferrari (aka Le Mans ’66) go some of the way to explaining the losses.

Bob Iger, Disney’s CEO, said he plans to take Fox “in a new direction, with an all-new development slate that will focus on a select group of properties”.

X: Men Dark Phoenix trailer

20th Century Fox

But the decision to punish upcoming movies for Fox’s previous failings has been seen as cynical by some (especially with the news that Disney is planning a Home Alone reboot, because nothing is sacred).

Still safe are the Avatar sequel(s), the Planet of the Apes series, and everything under Fox Searchlight. Of the 246 movies in development at Fox, there were some real gems we may never get to see.

Ben Affleck planned to tell the bizarre true story of an ex-cop-turned-McDonald’s security guard who stole winning McDonald’s Monopoly tickets to sell to the highest bidder. Affleck likely would have starred, too, alongside Matt Damon, but now we may never know.

Flash Gordon

Universal

A Flash Gordon remake from Thor: Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi was also on the cards. Given Waititi’s penchant for humour, this is a real loss.

Adding to the growing canon of Stephen King adaptations, The Boogeyman – announced in 2018 with A Quiet Place‘s Scott Beck and Bryan Woods – has also been cancelled. Instead, you’ll have to be satisfied with the 1982 or 2010 adaptations.

Comic fans may be sad to know that a female-centred reboot of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen now will not be made. But we are all undoubtedly devastated to hear we’ll never see The Return of the Killer Klowns from Outer Space in 3D, a sequel to the classic horror-comedy from 1988.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

20th Century Fox

Two prequels that were in development and that we’ll likely never get to see now – for better or worse – are Die Hard and Pinocchio, titled McClane and The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto respectively. There was also an untitled Sandlot prequel in the works.

One movie cancelled which we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief over is Assassin’s Creed 2, which was still on Fox’s slate despite poor reviews for the original starring Michael Fassbender.

Michael Fassbender in Assassin's Creed

20th Century Fox

Also not worth weeping over was the live-action adaptation of Magic: The Gathering (not the animated one from the Russo brothers), The Sweetest Fig (based on the 1993 novel about an evil man who eats a delicious fig and gets the power to make dreams come true), and The Sims movie.


Want up-to-the-minute entertainment news and features? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Digital Spy Facebook page and ‘Follow’ on our @digitalspy Instagram and Twitter account.

19 COMMENTS

  1. I just want to mention I am just all new to weblog and certainly liked you’re website. More than likely I’m want to bookmark your website . You really have great articles. Regards for sharing with us your website.

  2. Unquestionably believe that which you said. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the web the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed while people think about worries that they plainly don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  3. Faytech North America is a touch screen Manufacturer of both monitors and pcs. They specialize in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of Capacitive touch screen, Resistive touch screen, Industrial touch screen, IP65 touch screen, touchscreen monitors and integrated touchscreen PCs. Contact them at http://www.faytech.us, 121 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013, +1 646 205 3214

  4. I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills neatly as with the format on your blog. Is this a paid subject matter or did you customize it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice high quality writing, it is uncommon to peer a nice blog like this one nowadays.

  5. Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any recommendations for inexperienced blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

  6. My husband and i got so satisfied when Emmanuel could finish off his researching from the ideas he received using your weblog. It’s not at all simplistic just to choose to be giving out methods which usually the rest have been making money from. We really see we’ve got the website owner to thank for that. All the illustrations you made, the easy site menu, the relationships you can aid to instill – it’s got mostly superb, and it’s really facilitating our son in addition to the family recognize that that topic is thrilling, and that is highly pressing. Many thanks for the whole lot!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here