Disney and Fox's talks appear to be back underway and moving fast. According to Deadline's Mike Fleming, Disney is "progressing speedily" towards an acquisition of Fox. This, of course, would give the studio rights to everything on the film side, while the Murdoch family will continue to maintain ownership over the sports and news divisions, as noted in the original report.
"I just want to start with a juicy rumor that is fast gaining steam in town today, that Disney is progressing speedily toward that rumored acquisition of Fox. The version I heard has the Murdoch clan keeping possession of sports and news properties, and the rest of TV and the film studio going to Disney," Fleming explained.
Fleming believes that, should it take, Disney's deal will be made much like the deal with Lucasfilm was: under a cone of silence. This would suggest that, rather than continuing to follow a stream of rumors concerning a possible deal, Disney and 21st Century Fox would only make the deal known once it is complete.
Recently, it was revealed that Sony Entertainment, rather than Sony Pictures, had shown interest in purchasing 21st Century Fox along with a few other companies, including Comcast and Verizon. However, it appears that talks have since reverted to Disney.
As we've seen in the past, these talks can change at a moment's notice, meaning nothing is set in stone until an official announcement is made. However, as it stands, it would appear that the two studios are nearing a deal that could prove to be worrisome for Hollywood but exciting for fans that have been eager to see both the Fantastic Four and X-Men within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.