Disney Investor Day, Part Three: Bits and Pieces

    We already covered some of the movies and TV shows announced during Disney Investor Day or, as we like to call it, “Corporate Christmas.” Fans were mostly intrigued by the new projects set in Star Wars and Marvel universes. But Disney is so huge now, it has dozens of other titles as well.

    Like, for example, movies it got with the acquisition of the 20th Century Fox. Shawn Levy’s comedy Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds has a new release date – May 2, 2021. Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded adaptation of Agatha Christie’s mystery novel Death on the Nile is coming out on September 7, 2021. However, Scott Cooper’s horror flick Antlers has no release date. As for new movies by 20th Century Studios and Searchlight (formerly known as 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight), they will be available on Disney’s other streaming service – Hulu.

    Speaking about properties of 20th Century Fox, Disney is developing a TV series based on the Alien franchise for FX – yet another thing the Mouse House owns. Alien TV series will be helmed by Noah Hawley (Fargo, Legion) and will take place on Earth in the near future.

    Remember those live-action remakes Disney is so enamored with? With US cinemas dying in slow agony due to pandemic quarantines, the corporation will release its remakes straight to streaming. Cruella, Pinocchio, and Peter Pan, and Wendy will all premiere on Disney Plus. In addition, the studio is developing cartoon shows based on popular animated films like The Princess and The Frog, Big Hero 6, Cars, Moana, and Zootopia. As for the new feature-length animated films, Raya and the Last Dragon premieres on March 5th, 2021. There are at least three Pixar projects in the pipeline, including Luca, Lightyear, and Turning Red.

    So, how will Disney pay for all this, especially in the Year One of Our Lord Covid? According to a report presented during the event, after just one year, Disney Plus currently clocks around 86 million subscribers. Naturally, it isn’t free: the subscription is currently set at $6.99 a month. And, starting from March 2021, it is going to increase to $7.99 a month. Mind you, this price doesn’t necessarily include new movies. In August, Disney released its live-action Mulan remake on VOD, but subscribers had to cash out an additional $30 to watch it. And they did

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