Disney is in talks to acquire a significant portion of 21st Century Fox, according to a new report from CNBC.
Under the preliminary terms of the deal, Disney would acquire 21st Century Fox’s movie and TV studios in addition to entertainment networks such as FX and National Geographic. It would not, however, absorb Fox’s broadcast network, Fox News Channel, or Fox local broadcasting affiliates. CNBC stresses that negotiations are still in the very early stages and there’s no certainity a deal will get done — especially given America’s complicated antitrust laws.
If Disney and Fox are to strike a deal, however, it would have far-reaching implications in Hollywood. Most notably, Disney-owned Marvel would re-obtain rights to X-Men, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, and more. Yes, the Avengers movies could get even crazier.
Additionally, Disney would acquire ownership of several major film and TV franchises, including Avatar, Planet of the Apes, Alien, Die Hard, and yes,The Simpsons — a show which actually predicted such a deal: