Saturday, May 28, 2016
Porting Over: Are The Remaining Fox-DreamWorks Films Going To Universal?
Weeks ago, when Comcast announced that it would be acquiring DreamWorks Animation, one question crossed some minds... Mine included...
Will the remaining films in DreamWorks' distribution deal with 20th Century Fox - which is/was set to end with the summer 2018 release of How To Train Your Dragon 3 - end up under Universal's distribution arm? Or will Universal start distributing DWA films starting with whatever they release first after Dragon 3?
It seems, with today's Fox slate announcement, that the former may indeed be the case.
Fox reshuffled their 2018 slate, following the opening day of X-Men: Apocalypse. Shane Black's Predator sequel has moved from 3/2/2018 to 2/9/2018, the same day as an untitled Warner Animation Group project, and a week before DreamWorks' own Larrikins.
Alita: Battle Angel, based on the manga of the same name, now has a concrete release date - 7/20/2018. James Cameron was originally set to direct that, but he's caught up in the world of Pandora. Robert Rodriguez will be directing instead, though Cameron is producing.
The untitled X-Men/Marvel movie set for 1/12/2018 has taken The Predator's old date. The Maze Runner: The Death Cure has taken the January spot now.
But here's the real kicker...
Remember that untitled X-Men/Marvel film of theirs that was set for 7/13/2018? It's now opening 6/29/2018...
What else is set to open that day?
How To Train Your Dragon 3. Supposedly the last film in the Fox-DreamWorks deal...
I think it's finally happened... Some of, if not all of the post-Trolls DreamWorks features have moved to Universal. Now the bigger question is, will Universal give them new dates? Or stick with the ones they already have?
The other scenario: Fox is thinking of giving the remaining DreamWorks films new dates, and that the deal will indeed end with Dragon 3.
Something tells me the former is happening. The acquisition will finalize at the end of the year, a few of the post-2016 DreamWorks films have dodgy release dates that Fox hasn't addressed for months, and also... Something very similar happened to Paramount when Disney bought Marvel.
Perhaps they'll work out some kind of deal similar to the Paramount-Marvel-Disney one, where Fox gets a cut of the grosses from the 2017-2018 films, but Universal distributes. Maybe Fox's logo, due to a stipulation or two in the contract, could appear in the promo materials and the films themselves.
Who knows what will happen, but I have a strong feeling the globe has the moon boy now.
What do you think? Sound off below!