It's very early in the morning here on the east coast and it appears after weeks of speculation, the rumors have come true. Disney has purchased Fox in a historic media merger deal for 52.4 billion. This includes all of Fox's TV and movie studios, cable networks like FX, and international TV businesses. Several smaller properties and Fox news and Business channels will be spun off however, but Disney has just acquired basically every well known Fox entity. This includes the rights to the X-men film franchise, the upcoming Avatar sequels, Deadpool, and long time animate series The Simpsons. While it looks like the deal will happen over the course of two years, this definitely puts Disney in the position to expand their growth into the TV field and not being limited by their own Networks like The Disney Channel and Disney XD. It will be interesting to see how they will handle the more edgy an R-rated films that Fox has done over the years, as well as the many films Fox had in development. Looks like we are just going to have to wait and see but this is a major move for a company that about to crush the 2017 box office with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi across the country this evening.
One of televisions best reviewed series is almost back and it just dropped a chilling new trailer. Mr Robot left on a high note and massive cliff hanger and it looks like the paranoia and intensity aren't going to slow down in season 3. Take a look at Elliot and the gang and get ready for Mr Robot to return to TV October 11, 2017.
Netflix may be trying to open the door to it's own super hero universe. The streaming service has purchased the company behind the comics for Kick Ass, Kingsman, and Wanted. The comics turned films were all created by Mark Millar, a former Marvel writer, who's films adaptations have proved fairly popular at the box office, especially with the Kingsman franchise. The bad news of the deal is that it looks like those titles were not part of it, so we won't be seeing a Kick Ass or Kingsman Netflix series anytime soon but it does open up the possibility of developing other Millarworld comics such as Superior, Nemesis, Empress, and a handful of other titles. Guess we will just have to wait and see which directions Netflix is going to take their latest acquisition.
Disney has been in the planning stages or creating their own streaming service for quite some time and it looks like they are ready to pull their catalog from one major provider. Disney announced that they will be removing all of their films from Netflix but not until the end of 2018, prior to the launch of their official app in 2019. The Marvel TV series are said to remain on the service as they are produced through Netflix. Along with the news, ESPN will also be launching a streaming service that will broadcast an estimated 10,000 sporting events annually. The news also had an immediate effect of Netlflix, sending it's shares down over 5 percent. While we are a few years away from Disney's app materializing, it is still going to be a massive hit to Netflix and other services.
Game of Thrones has finally returned to HBO and it has absolutely obliterated viewing records for a season premier. The hugely popular series brought in an astounding 10.1 million viewers Sunday night, which is up from the 8.9 million that watched last years finale of season 6. On top of that, the seasons premiere is up 27% from the premier of season 6 as well. The series which has usually ran its season begging in April, has begun in July due to its season order being cut from the usual 10 episodes, to only 7. While it looks like we'll be seeing a little less of Westeros this year, the season is off to a strong start.
Netflix's monster hit, Stranger Things, was one of the biggest pop culture stories from 2016. The sci-fi series went on to win a number of awards and received critical acclaim from both critics and audiences. Netflix originally announced a second season for the series to debut on Halloween, but it seems that the date has been moved ahead several days as well as a debut of a brand new poster. Season 2 promises to be "weirder and darker," than it's predecessor so we will just have to sit and wait until October to find out more about the upside down and all the mysteries within.
The weekend's not even over and Netflix's Castlevania series is off to a strong debut! The series based on the gaming franchise, debuted on the streaming service on Friday and was quickly announced for a second season renewal on Saturday. Not only that, the series will double it's episode size, from 4 to 8 episodes in the second season, which will arrive sometime in the future. Make sure to check out the dark adventures of the last member of the Belmont clan and all the vampiric action on Netflix now!
After the second season of the critically acclaimed series failed to surpass it's predecessor, the future of True Detective was in the air for awhile but it sounds like HBO is ready to move ahead to season 3. Work on season 3 has been floating around the net for several months now and the latest casting news comes from Moonlight and Luke Cage actor, Mahershala Ali, being eyed for a leading role. HBO has been pretty sparse on details for the next season of the show and no official deal or announcements have been made but one can hope that the rumor ends up true and HBO is finally ready to move past their lackluster second season.
The summer as been saved. After a hilarious April Fools prank episode, Rick and Morty's season 3 date has been officially announced! The series which has received critical acclaim on Adult Swim will return to TV July 30th. The season will consist of 10 brand new episodes of Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon's insanely popular series. If the April Fool's episode was nay indication, this upcoming season of Rick and Morty will be one of the best they've done so far.
Netflix and Marvel have no plans of slowing down. Some big announcements were made at this years SDCC regarding several upcoming series and a confirmed returning one. Daredevil was confirmed for a season 3 as well as well as out first look at Danny Rand in the Iron Fist. We were even treated to some new footage for the upcoming September release of Luke Cage and a quick preview of The Defenders series with a voice over of Daredevil's Scott Glen, better known as Stick. Sadly, there's no news of a second season of Jessica Jones, which has been long rumored to not be on the table until after the Defenders series. Take a look at the trailers below and get excited for more Marvel action.