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Disney Buys Fox: What's It Mean for the Old Narnia Trilogy?

Postby NarnianTourist » Dec 14, 2017 5:55 pm

Disney has officially acquired all of Fox's film and TV properties, in a 52 billion dollar deal. This includes all of the properties and assets of Fox film studios 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, and Fox 2000. Now that Fox is looking to move into focusing specifically on their place in the news industry, Disney is now the proud owner of a hundred different powerhouse properties. They own Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, The Jim Henson Company, and now all of the big Fox movie franchises.
With the rest of the internet wondering what will happen to franchises such as Xmen, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four, what could this mean for the original Narnia trilogy? The distribution and marketing rights to the first two films are with Disney, and the third is with Fox 2000. Fans have longtime wondered if we would ever see a complete Blu-Ray/DVD collection of the Narnia films(if they are ever finished). While Sony and MGC produce the next installment, what do fellow Narniawebbers feel might happen with the original films? Will they be given Blu-Ray/DVD rereleases, as complete sets to help promote the next films? It would give Disney free attention and sales to a relatively forgotten and dormant franchise. Just a thought, but is anybody else wondering what this buyout means for the original Narnia trilogy?
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Re: Disney Buys Fox: What's It Mean for the Old Narnia Trilogy?

Postby icarus » Dec 16, 2017 2:40 pm

A Narnia Trilogy Boxset was released on DVD and Blu-Ray back in 2013, so I'm guessing the split distribution rights between the two studios were never that significant of a stumbling block (unlike say Star Wars where reportedly 20th Century Fox still had a lock on the original film only)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chronicles-Nar ... ia+trilogy

Either way I don't imagine Disney cares much for adding Dawn Treader to its back-catalogue. Given the scale of the other intellectual properties they purchased it pales in comparison.
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Re: Disney Buys Fox: What's It Mean for the Old Narnia Trilogy?

Postby daughter of the King » Dec 16, 2017 3:03 pm

I honestly don't expect Disney to do much with the Narnia trilogy. They didn't produce/distribute VDT for a reason. That box set looks like it's only available from the UK, so maybe at some point a US one will happen, but I don't think it's really a priority for them.
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Re: Disney Buys Fox: What's It Mean for the Old Narnia Trilogy?

Postby waggawerewolf27 » Dec 20, 2017 8:59 pm

Something else has been happening here. We normally get the Daily Telegraph (News Limited - think Fox Sports, Foxtel, Lawrence Murdoch, the son of that old Fox Rupert, etc.) Often we can get DVDs, commemorative coins, cards, posters small books etc by going to the newsagent with a coupon cut from our daily paper, either for nothing or by paying an extra couple of dollars to make up the cost of production. In the last school holidays in September-October, not this one we've just started, a whole range of Fox produced children's movies, such as Madagascar or Rio were being offered in this way. They included Voyage of the Dawn Treader, but not its Disney predecessors.

I'd imagine this was just another precursor to this new Disney development. What has happened to Walden, by the way?
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Re: Disney Buys Fox: What's It Mean for the Old Narnia Trilogy?

Postby narnia fan 7 » Dec 21, 2017 2:01 pm

waggawerewolf27 wrote:What has happened to Walden, by the way?

Back in 2013 Walden underwent significant restructuring and layoffs. And from what I understand they no longer produce their own films, they only co-finances films made by other studios.

Also Walden apparently sold off some of their film liberty in 2015. So it's possible they might not have the rights to the first three films.
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