Speaking to investors early this morning, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the pending acquisition of FOX for $66B. The monster merger is set to dramatically reshape the entertainment industry, reflecting a rapidly evolving environment.
We are in the home stretch of 2017 and this weekend we see the release of the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga, which could be the biggest release of the entire year and add to the record-breaking track record of the franchise. The only other new release this week is Ferdinand an animated family title from Fox, which appears to be a problematic and confused release, but does feature an objectively adora-bull titular character.
Preceding the upcoming end-of-year blockbuster blitz we have the final “lull” weekend of 2017, which features two new small-budget entrants being released to a national audience. Just Getting Stated is a classic buddy-cop, odd couple, “I’m getting too old for this shit” formulation with Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones in the featured roles. The Disaster Artist is a James Franco project with a ton of buzz in limited release; it is a movie based on a book written about a movie which is objectively terrible – very meta.