Brief News about: Disney Acquiring Fox, Time Bandits Comes to TV, Buffy’s New Chapter, and More
In brief, new movie and television show news has broken. Below you will find a brief rundown on all that news and their most significant segments, distilled down to the most salient information.
Disney Acquiring Fox Assets With Shareholders Approval
The shareholders for The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox have approved Disney’s acquisition of key 21st Century Fox assets for $71.3 Billion ($38 per share in cash and stock). Those assets will be spun off into a new entity that Disney owns called entitled ‘New Fox.’
Time Bandits’ Film Becoming a TV Show
Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits, a 1981 comedic fantasy film, is getting a direct-to-TV adaptation on Apple’s upcoming streaming service. Gilliam will be executive producing the TV series but will not be writing on the series.
Mowgli goes to Netflix
The highly inventive looking adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book entitled ‘Mowgli’ has been acquired for world-wide distribution by Netflix. Originally, Mowgli was going to get a theatrical release on October 19, 2018. Now Mowgli will be exclusively released on the direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Next Chapter
A new TV series for Buffy the Vampire Slayer is moving forward at 20th Century Fox. The new series will not be remake but a new series with the same themes that made the original a hit on The WB and UPN for seven seasons. The new Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series will have a black actress in the lead slayer role. The new Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series showrunner, Monica Owusu-Breen, had this to say about the new series: “There is only ONE Buffy. One Xander, one Willow, Giles, Cordelia, Oz, Tara, Kendra, Faith, Spike, Angel…They can’t be replaced. Joss Whedon’s brilliant and beautiful series can’t be replicated. I wouldn’t try to. But here we are, twenty years later…And the world seems a lot scarier. So maybe, it could be time to meet a new Slayer…And that’s all I can say.”
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