A recent report in the Wall Street Journal highlights the uncertainty that looms over 20th Century Fox.
Two weeks ago, the studio’s shareholders approved a $71.3 billion merger with Disney, in which Fox would give up control of its movie and TV assets. The approaching acquisition has left the Fox team with many unanswered questions, as well as fears of mass layoffs and project cancelations.
But underneath all the gloom was some intriguing news about one of Fox’s biggest hits. According to the WSJ, the studio is currently working on a Family Guy feature film that is expected to be half live-action, and half animation. This definitely sounds promising.
[20th Century Fox CEO Stacey] Snider has emphasized a revamp of Fox’s approach to animation, bringing in a new partner to replace an expired deal with DreamWorks Animation after it was acquired by Comcast Corp. The film studio is partnering with the Fox television studio on a big-screen adaptation of the animated series Bob’s Burgers, a second Simpsons movie in development, and a Family Guy film that would mix animation with live action, said people with knowledge of the projects.
Bob’s Burgers is set to hit U.S. theaters in 2020, while The Simpsons sequel and Family Guy film have not received a release date. Though these projects are generating excitement, there’s no guarantee that they’ll ever see the light of day. We’ll have to stay tuned as more details about Disney’s acquisition deal become available.