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After taking on Fox studio, Disney looks to next chapter

The storied 20th Century Fox studio is now part of the Walt Disney empire, but the celebrated fanfare heard at the start of its films won’t die.

Disney, which showcased what it expects to be a string of blockbuster hits this year at the CinemaCon industry event, indicated it wants to keep the Alfred Newman composition that has become a trademark for Fox productions.

“Disney and Fox combined history and the future,” said Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, at the Las Vegas industry gathering.

After taking on Fox studio, Disney looks to next chapter
A screengrab of Avengers: Endgame trailer. The motion picture is one of the 22 titles Fox and Disney are releasing this year.
“We are truly excited because we believe that together we will be more.”

The Disney-Fox combination currently has five of the top 10 global box office hits and six of the top 10 in the US and Canada.

Disney executives said the Fox fanfare would remain and also expressed a desire to promote the Fox Searchlight brand, which has garnered 39 Oscars in its 25 year history.

The team has “an unbelievable collection of stories, characters and roles to explore,” Horn said.

Fox and Disney have 22 major releases for this year including the latest Captain Marvel and upcoming Avengers: Endgame, due out April 26.

The lineup also includes titles such as Dumbo, Aladdin, Lion King, Frozen II, and Star Wars Episode IX. Dark Phoenix is the latest installment of the X-Men franchise from Fox, followed by the action comedy Stuber about an Uber driver hired to help a police detective.

Later this year comes the release of Ford v. Ferrari about the battle of the two automakers to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1966.

The first of the Fox studio releases will be Breakthrough, based on the story of a miraculous rescue of a teenager after a fall through the ice on a lake.

The presentation by Disney executives at CinemaCon was low-key, with no major stars brought out to promote the new releases.

Topics: 20th Century Fox studio , Walt Disney , CinemaCon , Captain Marvel , Avengers: Endgame
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