Full points for getting Dwayne Johnson for the Maui voice: Disney has a knack for this kind of casting.
Also getting a little bit of a Genie-from-Aladdin vibe here, which is fine by me.
“From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive U.S. pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s head of content, wrote on their company blog.
…Dannnnnnng. I mean, you can get a bunch of the old stuff from most of those shops at any given time; but exclusive first-look? That’s pretty neat-o, if you have Netflix. Which I do.
If so, then everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
Disney said that it is going to release on blue ray the original uncut version of Star Wars…with the mouse strong the force is…
— ZackJamesCole (@ZackJamesCole) March 13, 2015
But I’ve been burned before on this story, so we’ll have to wait if I’m foreseeing properly this time. Gotta get it right some time, surely? I mean, it’s not like they’re gonna wait until Lucas is dead before they sell us the thing that we all wish to buy.
The news in the first sentence may be normally problematic, but it’s made up for by the second one:
In the wake of its deal to co-produce Sony’s next “Spider-Man” movie, Disney has delayed the release of four upcoming Marvel superhero movies to make way for it.
Sony and Disney said Monday that they will co-produce the next “Spider-Man” film, marking a new creative direction for the character, which will be released by Sony on July 28, 2017.
Forgive me for saying this, but I’d delay the Ms. Marvel movie and Thor sequel in order to get Spidey in the rotation of a sensible Marvel Universe franchise as early as possible, too. …I’d make a sardonic comment about the new Spider-man movies right now, except that I haven’t seen them. No, I don’t know why that’s stopping me, either.
Missed this when it came out: apparently a State Department guy (Admiral Robert Papp, the Special Envoy to the Arctic*) asked a chief minion over at Disney to go do some global warming agitprop. The Mouth of Mouse’s response? “The Disney exec had a very “perplexed” reaction and apparently told Papp they’re in the business of “optimism and happy endings.””
Translation: …dude. Do some demographic research**. We’re not going to tick off the people who are still committed to producing replacements of our target audience. Notice how Disney largely*** stays out of this stuff? That’s precisely why. They like money. They don’t much like getting in grudge matches with the parents of said target audience.
Old, but this is pretty funny, especially given that it’s from the actual Mouse itself.
There’ll be no living with it now.
The criticism got to Lucas. He found it difficult to be creative when people were calling him a jerk. “It was fine before the Internet,” he says. “But now with the Internet, it’s gotten very vicious and very personal. You just say, ‘Why do I need to do this?’ ”
Well, the most obvious answer there is: you don’t. Instead, you sell your intellectual property to Disney, which has this weird idea that you’ll sell more product if you produce product that people want to buy.
The rumor is that they’re tapping the Guy Who Wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and the Guy Who Wrote Sherlock Holmes and X-Men: First Class to do the scripts for the upcoming Star Wars movies. Apparently The Mouse likes to makes a metric [expletive deleted]-ton of money off of geeks: who knew?
Thanks, guys. Mind you, we still need to reform that absurdly punitive copyright scheme that the Mouse has inflicted on the country.
If Lawrence Kasdan is writing the new Star Wars …. let’s just stop right there, in that moment of hope. bit.ly/QamjAn
— Joshua Treviño (@jstrevino) November 21, 2012
This news is undoubtedly going to have people screaming “DO NOT WANT” for some time, but let me really piddle in your corn flakes: you know all those Star Wars parodies? All those great ones? You know how they’re all over the place, largely because George Lucas has the laudable quality of being generally tolerant of people playing in his sandbox?
You notice how that doesn’t happen so much with Disney products?
Yeah. There’s a reason for that.
PS: Also: hey, how long can Disney keep its intellectual property out of the public domain? That’s right, kids: forever! Or they’ll die trying. Amazing what you can accomplish when you have the resources to buy a couple of Senators and a bunch of Congressmen…