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It is really where it all started…it’s where Disney and Fox will continue to move forward as one united company.
Disney presented previews for several top films on its 2019 slate, including “The Lion King,” “Frozen II,” and “Avengers: Endgame.” But the studio also opened their presentation with a montage of Disney films interspersed with famous Fox titles like “Alien,” “Avatar,” and “The Simpsons.”Disney’s Alan Horn and Fox’s Emma Watts Address Merger: ‘We’re Living Through a Lot of Change’
With the merger, Disney inherited 13 films Fox has slated for release through March 2020 and is expected to move some of them around on the theatrical calendar. While Fox Searchlight will continue to distribute independent films under Disney — the CinemaCon presentation included a 25th-anniversary montage for the specialty wing — fellow label Fox 2000 will be shuttered after it finishes the release of its remaining slate.
Watts, who is tasked with handling Fox’s slate, presented sneak previews for the Marvel film “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” the action comedy “Stuber,” and the James Mangold racing film “Ford v. Ferrari.”
“This is certainly a stark time in the business, and even though we’re living through a lot of change in our industry, the good news is that the formula for a good movie remains the same,” Watts said.
“Though much has been written in the press about Fox’s legacy in the past tense, it is my humble hope that legacies are made every day, and with Walt Disney Studios behind us we are ready to write our next chapter,” she continued.
While Disney has said that the launch of its upcoming streaming service, Disney+, is the company’s top priority, Horn assured CinemaCon attendees that movie theaters would not be left behind.
“The theatre is and will always be in our minds. It is the cornerstone of the theatrical business, period,” he said. “It is really where it all started…it’s where Disney and Fox will continue to move forward as one united company.”