Saturday, April 27, 2013

Maximizing Recent Purchases

Robert Iger, as we know, is fine with buying other companies, like Pixar, Lucasfilms, and Marvel. They're all now part of the Diz Co. family of companies. But of course, the Mouse needs to maximize cash flow from these newer acquisitions, and appears to be doing just that:

Walt Disney is reuniting Marvel heroes under one roof. The latest to rejoin? Daredevil, a blind vigilante whose other senses are enhanced to a superhuman degree. Ben Affleck played the title character in a 2003 feature film that failed to meet heightened expectations. ...

In October, News Corp.'s 21st Century Fox returned the rights to Marvel Studios when a deal with would-be director Joe Carnahan fell through. ...

How will Disney depict Daredevil? The comics contain dozens of rich storylines that could inform a script, but a reboot seems most likely. For now, Feige will only confirm that Disney owns the rights. ....

Big parts of the Marvel Universe remain in outside hands. Fox still has comprehensive film rights to the mutant heroes known as the X-Men as well as the Fantastic Four, a superhero family that's seen action twice on the big screen in recent years while helping to inspire the Pixar Studios hit The Incredibles.

Sony , meanwhile, controls the rights to live-action Spider-Man films.

The House of Mouse will likely beam as many Marvel franchises back to the Mother Ship as it can. What's the point of leaving cash in other people's pockets if you ultimately control the rights?

It's just a matter of time before rights revert to the new copyright owner. And the Disney Company is nothing if not patient. (Look how long it took to develop and release Tangled. ...)


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