Soon, Disney will own you. And me. And probably everyone and everything.
In a massive, game-changing deal that’s sending shockwaves through the entertainment industry (and beyond), even if we knew it was coming, the announcement was officially made this morning that Disney has purchased *most* of 21st Century Fox, shelling out a whopping $52.4 billion for the assets.
We don’t yet know how anything is going to shake out in the months and years to come, but we do know one thing for certain: Disney now owns both Alien and Predator!
Just yesterday we speculated on the future of the Alien franchise under Disney’s control, wherein I personally expressed a belief that Disney likely will not have any interest in continuing Ridley Scott’s prequel series that began with Prometheus and continued with this year’s Alien: Covenant. If Disney does at some point focus their attention on Alien, there would seem to be a high likelihood that they’d reboot the property with a four quadrant tent-pole blockbuster, potentially bringing Sigourey Weaver back to renew fan interest big time.
Big if we do someday see Disney’s Alien up on the big screen, would the family-friendly company continue down the franchise’s rated “R” path? It’s impossible to say at this point, but it’s worth noting that Disney’s Bob Iger hinted earlier today that they don’t plan on reducing the Deadpool franchise’s “R” rating to a PG-13 at any point in the future. So we very well could see Disney become more comfortable with releasing rated “R” movies going forward, which could bode well for the future of the Alien franchise.
And then there’s Predator, which Disney also now owns. Unlike Alien, a new Predator film is currently in the works, with Shane Black’s The Predator set for release on August 3rd of next year – how weird will it be to see the Disney logo ahead of a Predator movie?!
Will Black’s The Predator, made before Disney came on board but being released in the wake of the acquisition, end up being a one-off film, rather than the franchise reboot it seemed destined to be? Again, we certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see Disney, like they did with Star Wars, blaze entirely new paths with the major properties they just acquired, potentially starting from scratch in an effort to make those franchises, well, their own.
We also wouldn’t be surprised to see Disney unite Alien and Predator into a shared cinematic universe, which has the potential to be a HUGE money-maker for them. Say what you want about the two Alien vs. Predator films that were released in the past, but a proper fusion of the two properties within a shared universe could be one hell of a treat for us all.
Of course, this is all speculation, and speculating is really all we can do right now. Again, all we know for sure is that it’s official: Disney owns our beloved Predators and Xenomorphs.
And we’re excited to see what they do with them.