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Disney Is Close To Purchasing Fox For $60 Billion Dollar Deal

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The MCU is about to get a whole lot bigger.

According to several sources, the Disney is close to buying out 20th Century Fox. Several weeks ago it was first reported that Fox was interested in selling off their entertainment section to focus on news and sports. Disney is interested in 21st Century Fox, which includes FX, Nat Geo, and the 20th Century Fox movie studio. As well as Fox shares in Hulu and Sky to beef up Disney’s digital streaming presence.

Fox was also talking with Comcast and Sony was said to be in the running for the purchase, but the Disney talks “have progressed more significantly,” according to this new report. The other huge part of this new report from CNBC is that it estimates the Fox assets in the Disney deal at more than $60 billion.

If the deal falls through Disney will be able to own the rights for most of the Marvel characters. The Avengers movies could refer to mutants, Wolverine could become an Avenger and bring Hugh Jackman out of retirement.

Back in February Hugh Jackman spoke about the possibility of returning to the role of Wolverine after Logan. Jackman explained that, had there been a chance to appear in an Avengers movie, things might have ended differently

“If that was on the table when I made my decision [to stop playing the character],” Jackman said, “it certainly would have made me pause. That’s for sure. Because I always love the idea of him within that dynamic, with the Hulk obviously, with Iron Man but there’s a lot of smarter people with MBAs who can’t figure that out [laughter]. You never know.”

Well, both companies are close to figuring it out. But it don’t get your hopes up too much. Marvel has their MCU planned out for the next 10 years, so it safe to say that characters from other franchises will likely just have small cameos. Also there is huge chance Disney allows Fox to continue as their own branch of the company.

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50 Cent Inks A $150 Million Dollar Deal With Starz

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50 Cent has landed a new exclusive deal with Starz.

After the success of Power, Jackson will now be able to develop and produce new series under his G-Unit Film company. According to Variety, is worth $150 million and will give 50 access to produce for both platforms Starz and its corporate parent Lionsgate.

“When I sat down with Chris [Albrecht, Starz CEO] and walked him through my plans for G-Unit Film & Television going forward, he let me know I was essentially requesting the biggest deal in premium cable history,” Jackson said. “I am excited to announce that we’ve made that partnership between myself, G-Unit Film & Television and Starz/Lionsgate and we will continue our proven track record of breaking records and delivering unique content for audiences around the world … Get The Strap.”

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Hulu Orders Wu-Tang Clan Origin Series

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Hulu has given a straight-to-series order to a scripted drama that will explore the rise of the Wu-Tang Clan, Variety has learned.

Wu-Tang: An American Saga, which has received a 10-episode order, is inspired by The Wu-Tang Manual and Tao of Wu, and based on the true story of the Wu-Tang Clan. Set in early ’90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation. The group was a vision of Bobby Diggs, aka The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.

“I’m delighted to be partnering with Hulu and Imagine to explore the vast story of the Wuniverse,” said The RZA. “Wu-Tang through our music has always strove to inspire as we entertain. This opportunity to continue the Wu – Saga in a 10-episode series will exponentially increase our inspirational style of entertainment. In the immortal words of ODB ‘Wu-Tang is for the Children.’”

The series is created, written, and executive produced by Alex Tse–the writer of the “Superfly” remake–and The RZA. Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo will also executive produce via Imagine Television, with Wu-Tang member Method Man also executive producing. Fellow Wu-Tang members Ghostface Killa, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, GZA, as well as the Estate of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, will serve as consulting producers on the project.

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Disney Releases The Teaser Trailer For ‘Aladdin’

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Disney released the first trailer for the live-action Aladdin movie.

Guy Ritchie is helming the new Aladdin movie, from a script he co-wrote with Vanessa Taylor and John August. The film will star Mena Massoud in the title role, with Power Rangers‘ Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine with Will Smith as the Genie. Marwan Kenzari will be playing Jafar, with Navid Negahban playing the Sultan, Nasim Predrad playing Dalia, and Billy Magnussen in the original role of Prince Anders.

In the original film, the titular character experiences a rags-to-riches transformation when he uncovers a lamp containing the magical Genie, granting him three wishes. Aladdin hopes this could lead to romance between he and Princess Jasmine, though Jafar has ulterior motives for the powers this lamp could contain.

Aladdin is only the latest animated Disney classic to get the live-action treatment, with both The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast adaptations going on to become some of the studio’s biggest hits in recent years.

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