Convince 20th Century Fox about not selling its assets to Disney
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It has been recently reported that the Fox Company is considering selling much of its assets to the Walt Disney Company, apparently due to not getting the level of profit they expect to get from these assets.
Although this report is not confirmed to be true, it is important to consider two main things:
- The huge historical importance 20th Century Fox holds for the film industry. Being one of the major film studios in the United States since the Golden Age of Hollywood, it has always been unique for taking risks other companies dare not to take. This is evident today, when you compare the kind of projects that are green-lit by Fox and Fox Searchlight with the ones Disney makes. From great independent movies like "12 years a Slave", "The Tree of Life", "He named me Malala", "Mistress America", "The Birth of a Nation" or "The Grand Budapest Hotel" to blockbusters that refuse to follow an established formula and risk failing at the box office like "Deadpool", "War for the Planet of the Apes", the R rated "Logan" and now "The New Mutants", which even takes the risk of not using the name X Men on the title to attract audiences. 20th Century Fox is not afraid of being provocative or trusting the vision of the film makers they work with.
- To have Disney owning 20th Century Fox is to allow Disney to take another step into becoming the monopoly of the film industry. Theaters are already noting how Disney intends to subdue them like they did to the ArcLight theater and "The Hateful 8" now making special demands for the screening of "Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi". Disney shouldn´t monopolize the film industry, not just because it is an economic abuse that destroys competition, but also because in doing so, it would be silencing many voices that differ from their way of producing movies, so those voices would never be heard by audiences. 20th Century Fox allows lots of bold visions to be realized and shared with audiences, and with Disney that would probably end.
I beg the people at 20th century Fox to stop this deal. The majority of the public likes what you are doing with your assets and will continue to support you, and because of this there is no need to forsake those assets, there is a financially promising future for those.
Lucasfilm was sold to Disney, and now the "Star Wars" movies are making billions of dollars at the box office, and the distribution company that earns the profit for that is Disney. Imagine what could have happened if Lucasfilm wasn´t sold to Disney. The distribution company that would now be earning the profit would probably be 20th century Fox. Please, don´t make that same mistake, 20th century Fox has a very promising future with the success of movies like "Avatar", "Deadpool", "Logan" and "Murder on the Orient Express" , with some of those already getting award nominations in a genre in which the other film studios haven´t, giving 20th Century Fox the reputation of being the best film studio at the superhero genre. These 4 successful movies already have sequels on the works, with a very strong fan support behind them. Adding that to the expanding "X Men" series and "The New Mutants" trilogy, and considering "Avatar" still is the highest grossing movie worldwide, there is a potential for 20th Century Fox to make great profit for many years to come. I´m sure they wouldn´t like to see Disney being the one that makes profit of those assets while it could be 20th Century Fox.
In the name of film history and with the purpose of preserving a contrasting company that can allow filmmakers and audiences to choose between different ways of film making instead of a monopoly, I beg filmmakers to raise their voice and do anything they can to allow this alternative space to continue to exist. I say to 20th century Fox, we are on your side and won´t let you down, so don´t let us down. And to everyone who cares about not having the same type of movie that Disney makes to please sign the petition and share it.
Let´s convince Fox people don´t want 20th century Fox to be in Disney´s hands.
Thank you ! ! ! !
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