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WIRE Buzz: Disney-Fox merger to finally close, Millar's Supercrooks becoming Netflix anime

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Mar 12, 2019

More money, more WIRE Buzzes. Today we take a look at the fast-closing Disney-Fox merger, Netflix's ongoing collaboration with Mark Millar, and yet another Stephen King adaptation. Come float with us, won't you?

This morning, The Hollywood Reporter noted that Disney's buyout of 20th Century Fox could close as early as next week.

"[I expect] the acquisition to become effective at 12:02 a.m. Eastern Time on March 20," said Disney CEO Bob Iger per the news outlet.

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Credit: Disney & 20th Century Fox

The merger is costing the House of Mouse $71.3 billion but will give it access to a veritable treasure trove of film and television IPs, like (among many, many others) the AvatarSimpsons, and Alien franchises. More important, it will place the creative cinematic control of the X-Men and Fantastic Four brands into the hands of Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios.

The deal does not include Fox's news reporting elements, which will continue to operate independently of Disney once the contracts are signed. Besides that, however, Disney is still getting the movie and TV studios, FX, National Geographic, and an additional 30% stake in Hulu.


 

Netflix, making good on its recent mega-deal with Mark Millar, is currently developing an anime series based on the creator's Supercrooks.

This was confirmed by Netflix's official genre Twitter account, which offers updates on the company's upcoming sci-fi, horror, and fantasy programming.

Written by Millar and drawn by Leinil Francis Yu, Supercrooks is like a comic book version of Ocean's Eleven, in which a group of hotshot con artists plan the high-stakes robbery of a supervillain in order to save one of the world's best crooks, known as the "Heat," from being murdered by the mob.

As you can see, the tweets also reveal in-the-works anime adaptations of Spriggan and CAPCOM's Dragon’s Dogma. Spriggan involves the hunt for powerful ancient artifacts, while Dragon's Dogma takes place in a fantasy world of (you guessed it) dragons and other mythical creatures that you must vanquish on your journey.

All of these new shows are a byproduct of a deal Netflix has struck deals with some of Japan's leading production companies, like Anima, Sublimation, and David Production. Alongside Supercrooks, Spriggan, and Dragon's Dogma, you can look out for anime offerings like Altered Carbon: Resleeved (based on the live-action series from last year), Ghost in the Shell: SAC _2045, and Vampire in the Garden.

“Netflix aims to be the most compelling and attractive home for anime fans, creators and production studios. We are creating an environment where production houses can do their best work, and deliver their shows on a service where we connect anime fans from over 190 countries to content they love,” said Netflix Director of Content (Japan) John Derderian in an official release.

THR adds that Netflix has also placed an order for Gods & Heroes, an anime show based on Greek mythology. Created by Charley and Vlas Parlapanides (Death Note, Immortals), the series will be animated by Powerhouse Animation (Castlevania).

In the way of plot, the genre Netflix Twitter account wrote that it has to do with "the story a young man who finds out he's the illegitimate son of Zeus, and must now fight to save Heaven and Earth." The voice cast includes Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist) and Jason O'Mara (The Man in the High Castle).

"The traditions of global mythology and folklore are fertile ground for anime projects, and we are excited to explore the epic settings and characters of Greek mythology in our new series Gods & Heroes," John Derderian, director of anime for Netflix, said in a statement published by THR. "Charley and Vlas have an outstanding track record of telling gripping stories set in fantastical worlds, and we are thrilled to bring their unique vision for the Gods of Mount Olympus to Netflix members around the world."

While Gods & Heroes is not an adaptation of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books, fans of his mythology-based fiction now have something to look forward to after the film franchise stalled with just two entries in the series. The same goes for those who love the original Clash of the Titans but were let down by the 2010 remake and its 2012 sequel, Wrath of the Titans.


 

The big-screen adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub's The Talisman has found its director in the form of The Handmaid's Tale alum Mike Barker, Collider confirms.

First published in 1984, The Talisman follows Jack Sawyer as he sets out on a fantastical quest to find a magical talisman that will cure his dying mother. A sequel to the novel, Black House, was published in 2001.

The Talisman front cover

Credit: Gallery Books

Chris Sparling (Buried) is writing the screenplay for the film, which is produced by Amblin Partners and The Kennedy/Marshall Company.


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