I know it feels futile to complain about how nobody makes anything original these days, but come on, Disney, surely you can do better than this?
The Walt Disney Company’s chief executive, Bob Iger, announced that it planned to make a series of “reimaginations” of well-known titles, including Home Alone, Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Cheaper By the Dozen. You know, those beloved classics. They will all be exclusives to the upcoming Disney+ streaming service.
In a conference call with investors, where Iger essentially counted the zeroes at the end of all their big cheques, he talked about plans to focus on ‘leveraging Fox’s vast library of great titles to further enrich the content mix on our […] platforms.’ That’s essentially what we expected them to do once the acquisition of 21st Century Fox went through, although there is still something kind of disheartening about seeing a company with so much money and such incredible historical properties at their fingertips go, ‘Well, the kids did kind of enjoy those Ben Stiller movies, right?’
For me, this doesn’t exactly make me eager to subscribe to Disney+. Sure, they’ll have a cool-looking Star Wars show and the upcoming Marvel series, but everything else sounds pretty bland to me in terms of those exclusive series. It’s exhausting enough watching Disney commit to remake and reboot madness with their cinematic releases. But hey, that’s worked well for them so far.
It was also revealed that Disney+ will be available as part of a $12.99 a month bundle with Hulu and ESPN+. That’s about what people expected, although it’s still kind of annoying that they keep trying to thrust ESPN on people who don’t want it because the brand is such an expensive drain on them. This also means those services will probably go international once Disney+ becomes available outside of the USA (which will be sometime in the next year).
I for one welcome our new corporate mouse-eared overlords, please don’t eat me, Mickey.
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