Disney Merger May Dramatically Reduce Fox's Movie Output

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Despite the upcoming merger with Disney, fans will still be able to hear that iconic 20th Century Fox fanfare before films – just not nearly as often. The number of movies slated to be released by the new Fox label will be less than half as many as the studio had previously been producing.

20th Century Fox, previously one of the Big Six film studios in Hollywood, will become a much smaller label under the larger Disney banner after the merger, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Current vice chairman and president Emma Watts will oversee the new division, with an estimated yearly output of only four to five movies. Currently, Fox’s annual release schedule had been between 12 to 14 films.

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Though 20th Century Fox found monumental success with Deadpool 2 and Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018, the overall box office for the studio was considered by many to be sub-par, with some going so far as to call the numbers “dismal.” Others are concerned that those troubling numbers and the smaller slate of films is a harbinger of worse things to come for the storied studio.

The smaller divisions of Fox Searchlight and Fox 2000 will also be rolled into Disney, though there has been no word on their anticipated release numbers.

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