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12th Aug 2019

Disney have reportedly scrapped over 250 movies that were in development at 20th Century Fox

Rory Cashin

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Since buying Fox, Disney have dumped some pretty huge projects entirely.

Earlier this year, Disney closed the $71 billion deal to acquire 20th Century Fox, which meant that Disney now owns the rights to X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool, which means they could eventually be folded into the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe.

However, these weren’t the only major properties that Disney now owned, which included some heavy-hitters such as Alien, Predator, Die Hard, Avatar, The Simpsons, Family Guy, and loads more.

A few days ago, Variety reported that due to massive financial losses at Fox, the folks at Disney would be dumping most of the upcoming slate, and over the weekend, a poster on Reddit released the full list of the projects that Disney had cut loose, as well as the (much shorter) list of projects that they would be keeping on to.

We’d already written about one example of collateral damage from the merger, but at the moment, the four Avatar sequels, Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story, the Bob’s Burgers movie, and several other high profile projects are still safe.

However, others have reportedly been not as lucky, including some big name sequels, such as Assassin’s Creed 2, Chronicle 2, Hitman 2, and The Heat 2, as well as a number of high profile remakes, including Toymageddon (a remake of Small Soldiers), The Pink Panther, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Argonauts, Flash Gordon, and Commando.

There were also some major video game adaptations on the horizon, including Mega Man and The Sims, as well as a big screen adaptation of Play-Doh (yes, a movie based on that clay stuff), as well as trading card game Magic: The Gathering, which was set to be scripted by Bryan Cogman (the writer of some of the best episodes of Game Of Thrones).

One of the biggest cuts is McClane (previously known as Die Hard: Year One), the prequel to the action series that has been in the works for a few years now.

The full list of 276 projects that Disney has left on the cutting room floor can be found here.

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