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Box Sets Just Got Complicated: Rights For 'Star Wars: A New Hope' Still Held By Fox

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 31, 2012 9:03 AM
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Amid yesterday's massive announcement that Disney handed over $4.05 billion to call LucasFilm their own, the immediate predictions of such a merger's result have established a firmly forward-looking perspective. However, that keen attitude toward the “Star Wars” franchise may have overlooked some past decisions of LucasFilm's that could come back to haunt Disney, as the two industry giants now face from Fox a bit of thorny issue of rights over the film that started it all.

Fox Finds George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' While Legendary Drops Tom Cruise's 'Kill' & Paramount Picks 'Adam'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 25, 2012 5:01 PM
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First, 20th Century Fox has come onboard George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men,” which the multi-hyphenate is set to write, direct, and star in. We’ve been hearing about this project for a while now, but due to financial constraints, Sony Pictures has had to call for a little help from Fox to back the picture. Set in World War II, the film involves a plot to protect stolen art from destruction at the hands of Nazis. Cate Blanchett is attached as the female lead, with Bill Murray apparently circling a role as well. Yeah, that’s a great cast, but none of them are exactly box office guarantees with material like this outside of Clooney – and thankfully he likes to pick edgier adult fare akin to this for his mainstream endeavors. The deal will see Fox co-finance the picture with Sony and distribute internationally. [THR]

Mark Millar Basically Says Consultant Role At Fox Is To Protect Their Superhero Movies From Sucking Again

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 10, 2012 5:39 PM
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After "Iron Man," Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, "The Avengers" and oh, you know, every other title that arrives every six months, comic-book movies are obviously still all the rage. But it wasn't always like that. In the early aughts there were plenty of misfires, with many of them coming from 20th Century Fox: "Daredevil," "Elektra," "Fantastic Four," "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" were all mostly moneymakers, but were all generally reviled.  The same applied to lesser-known titles adapted from comics like "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," which was also a Fox property based off a comic book series written by Alan Moore that was such a bad film it practically sent him to an early grave and hastened Sean Connery's retirement (of course, we're not even counting dreck like Warner Bros.' "Catwoman").

Fox & Blue Sky Animation Bringing 'Peanuts' To The Big Screen, Set For Thanksgiving 2015 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 11:20 AM
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Frankly, we're surprised this didn't happen sooner. After decades of franchising that has led Charlie Brown and gang to shill for insurance, greetings cards, vacuum cleaners, root beer and more -- not to mention the countless TV specials, many of which are holiday classics -- "Peanuts" is finally getting the big screen treatment for the first time in decades.

Mark Millar Hired As Creative Consultant For Fox's Marvel Movies, Will Fuel Years Of Random Speculation

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2012 2:54 PM
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Well, here's something that both makes sense and kind of doesn't: Mark Millar has been hired as a creative consultant for 20th Century Fox's upcoming slate of Marvel-based comic book movies.

Fox Takes Over Distribution Of DreamWorks Animation Films

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 21, 2012 5:22 PM
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After this fall's "Rise of the Guardians" (which, it should be noted, has nothing to do with anthropomorphic owls), DreamWorks Animation product will no longer be distributed by Paramount, its home for the past seven years. DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg promised Wall Street wonks that a deal would be forged by Labor Day, and for a while it looked like Sony would end up distributing their films, but Deadline is reporting that Fox stepped up and provided a more appealing deal, with an emphasis on distribution through digital channels.

More 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Nonsense: Fox May "Allow" Marc Webb To Direct It, If He Signs A Two-Picture Deal

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 31, 2012 10:21 AM
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It might not have lived up to the grosses of the Sam Raimi films (it lags nearly $100 million behind "Spider-Man 3" domestically, and more than the same amount behind "Spider-Man 2" internationally), but even so, Sony have to be pretty happy about "The Amazing Spider-Man." In a competitive summer, the film has taken a healthy $650 million worldwide, comfortably out-grossing fellow superhero reboots like "Batman Begins" and "X-Men: First Class." Perhaps Sony hoped for more, but it's about as healthy a relaunch of the franchise as they could have asked for, particularly given the dislike of "Spider-Man 3," and the mixed reviews of this installment.

David Slade Exits 'Daredevil,' Fox Facing Fall Deadline To Start Filming Or Else Rights Go Back To Marvel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 12, 2012 7:00 AM
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Comic-Con officially begins today, but Fox, who've been a frequent presence at the event in past years (including stealing the show in 2011 with the first footage from "Prometheus"), are more or less absent, other than a separate panel for their 2013 summer hope "After Earth." More than anything else, it's simply because they don't have anything relevant to show; the long-delayed "The Wolverine" is only getting underway in the next few weeks, and "X-Men: First Class 2" won't shoot until early next year.

S.J. Kincaid's 'Insignia' & Michael Koryta's 'The Prophet' Getting Big Screen Adaptations

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 2, 2012 10:07 AM
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Since the dawn of cinema, filmmakers have looked towards the literary world for inspiration, a practice that intensified over the following century. Of course now the primary objective of adapting a book is to buy into the built-in audience and brand awareness that some of them have. Case in point, ever since the debut of the 'Twilight' film series studios have been buying up any and all young adult novels in the hopes that they’ll find the next 'Hunger Games.'

'X-Men: First Class' & 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Sequels Set For Summer 2014; 'Independence Day 3D' Hits July 3, 2013

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 31, 2012 3:57 PM
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Ironically, some of us were just having this conversation this morning. Would 20th Century Fox rush its "X-Men: First Class" sequel into production like they did in 2010 for its 2011 release (there was about an eight-month window to shoot and edit the picture and the film suffered because of it, but miraculously wasn't a total disaster)? The answer, thankfully, is no. Fox has set July 18, 2014 as the release date for their untitled sequel to "X-Men: First Class." Original director Matthew Vaughn will be on board once again with all of the original cast, including Micheal Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and many more (they all signed multi-picture deals after all). That should give them plenty of time to write a proper screenplay and not a mediocre one that the cast has to elevate (which was the case with the original). 

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