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Is Disney ready to go R-rated?

Writer: Florey DM


"Deadpool 2" will be singing to a different tune if Disney decides to drop its R-rating.

15 Dec – The news of The Walt Disney Company acquiring Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. is generating quite a buzz, with both positive and negative reactions pouring forth from fans.

There are those who are rejoicing over the fact that this means there'll finally be a Deadpool and Avengers crossover, then there are those who are questioning if this will be the end of the R-rated succession of movies Fox has been working on.

Disney CEO Bob Iger has some great news for the latter then, according to Coming Soon, as he was asked regarding it and this was his reply: "["Deadpool"] clearly has been and will be Marvel branded. But we think there might be an opportunity for a Marvel-R brand for something like "Deadpool", as long as we let the audiences know what's coming, we think we can manage that fine."


So this means the possibility of "Deadpool 2" keeping its R rating is still high at the moment and Ryan Reynolds can continue spewing profanity onscreen.

Maintaining the R-rated universe that Fox has started with their Marvel movies will be a smart move on Disney's side, as it would risk the wrath of fans who are already used and love the Merc with the Mouth as he is if Disney were to alter the tune of his movies.

There is already a hype created for Fox's other upcoming R-rated movies including James Franco's "Multiple Man" and the "X-Men" horror spinoff, "The New Mutants", so riding on that wave will be Disney's best bet of not only maintaining a fanbase but also growing it.


The MCU is growing bigger.

The acquisition of Fox by Disney was announced yesterday. While Disney will be acquiring the Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television studios, which include cable and international TV business, for USD52.4 billion in stock, Fox will still have control over its Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network Iger will also continue as CEO of the Walt Disney Company through 2021; he was previously planning to step down from the position in 2019.

Disney's current Marvel Cinematic Universe will benefit with the addition of X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool as all their Marvel rights will now be under the same roof as the Avengers. Aside from that, Disney will also now control the rights to "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" as well as the home video distribution rights for Episodes II through IV of the "Star Wars" franchise.

Disney's own streaming service too will have a bigger catalogue of TV series and movies, as titles such as "How I Met Your Mother," "The Simpsons", the "Avatar" series, the "Aliens" movies and the "Planet of the Apes" reboot series will all be part of the service too.

Cinema Online, 15 December 2017



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