Disney's Deadpool? What could happen if Disney buys 21st Century Fox

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Now the rumor may actually not be that far off as it is reported Disney is in early talks to purchase FOX Studios, the home of the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool. CNBC notes that talks have not occurred in the past few weeks, but both companies could revisit the deal at a later date.

The fact that Disney and Fox were in talks in the first place would indicate that there remains a chance, however slight, that the studios might yet come to an agreement. Presumably, it would take an insane amount of money to make it happen, but if Fox have already been willing to entertain sales talks, you have to feel that something is possible.

The deal would give Disney control of another movie studio and significant TV production assets, and would give it more exposure to worldwide markets. So maybe this isn't as tailored to what Fox wants to keep as to what Disney could buy without triggering antitrust issues (so, not Fox Sports because of ESPN, and not the Fox broadcast network because of ABC). It would also have kept its broadcast network and the local broadcast stations it owns. Disney already owns ABC, and therefore can not also own another broadcast network, due to FCC regulations.




If The Walt Disney Company doesn't own the world yet, perhaps they will soon enough. And more resources could perhaps be diverted to sports in a leaner company, allowing Fox to possibly pick up bigger rights packages. Fox's recent hits have included The Planet of the Apes and X-Men franchises while Disney controls Pixar and the Star Wars series. Disney will be able to get the rest including movie and TV properties. So it would definitely be interesting to see how a more-focused-on sports Fox would do, and how investors would react.

Fox shares leapt 8.9 per cent on the news to US$26.62 while Disney rose 2.04 per cent to finish at US$100.65 on Wall Street. Disney's shares were up 1.2 pct at $99.86 US.

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