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Disney CEO Bob Iger Looking to Overhaul Company’s Film

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Disney CEO Bob Iger is looking to perform a major overhaul of the company’s output of films as the industry continues to deal with a box office drought (mainly due to the strike) and following a rather difficult year for Disney films.

Iger spoke at a conference hosted by Morgan Stanley in San Francisco, California on Tuesday and was asked about what his plans are to turn the film business around, after Iger said that “we’re doing a lot” to turn around Disney’s feature film business it “hit on hard times that needed addressing.”

“You have to kill things you no longer believe in, and that’s not easy in this business, because either you’ve gotten started, you have some sunk costs, or it’s a relationship with either your employees or with the creative community,” Iger said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “It’s not an easy thing, but you got to make those tough calls. We’ve actually made those tough calls. We’ve not been that public about it, but we’ve killed a few projects already, that we just didn’t feel were strong enough.”

Iger added that he has been “spending a lot of time with the creators, watching these films, giving detailed notes in these films, engaging in a respectful process that results in improvement” and responded to the thinking that there may be some superhero fatigue at play by saying it was “not an accident” that Marvel’s first 33 films generated just under $30 billion at the box office.

“A lot of people think it’s audience fatigue, it’s not audience fatigue. They want great films. And if you build it great, they will come and there are countless examples of that. Some are ours and some are others. Oppenheimer is a perfect example of that. Just a fantastic film,” Iger said. “Focus is really important. We reduced the output of Marvel, both number of films they make, and the number of TV shows, and that really becomes critical, but I feel good about the team. I feel good about the IP we’re making. I talked about a lot of the projects. We look years ahead, really. And it’s iterative.”

“Not only do you look at the films you’re making, you you look at every part of that process, who the directors are, who’s being cast, reading scripts, I personally watch films three to five times with the team and just create a culture of excellence and respect which is really important with the creative community,” Iger continued. “And again, the track record speaks for itself.”

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‘Masters of the Universe’ Live Action Reboot Set to Arrive in 2026

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After many, many years there will finally be a live-action reboot of the classic ‘Masters of the Universe’ which is currently scheduled to hit theaters on June 5th, 2026 and will be directed by Travis Knight, according to Deadline.

Mattel Films’ Robbie Brenner, and Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch are producing while Chris Butler is working on the screenplay.

According to the reported synopsis: “The movie follows ten-year-old Prince Adam who crashed to Earth in a spaceship and was separated from his magical Power Sword—the only link to his home on Eternia. After tracking it down almost two decades later, Prince Adam is whisked back across space to defend his home planet against the evil forces of Skeletor. But to defeat such a powerful villain, Prince Adam will first need to uncover the mysteries of his past and become He-Man: the most powerful man in the Universe.”

While the film had been in limbo for several years with Sony initially attached and then Netflix, it is now coming to life at Amazon MGM.

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Keanu Reeves Joins ‘Sonic 3’ Cast

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Keanu Reeves is joining the cast of the upcoming video game movie franchise ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 3’ which is currently slated to arrive in theaters on December 20th, according to The John Campea Show.

Per the report, Reeves will play Shadow in the new feature.

Paramount is hoping for continued success with the 3rd installment of the franchise as the original film, which arrived in 2020, impressive with $319 million globally at the box office, while the 2nd film, released in 2022, grossed $404 million globally.

 

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DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Wild Robot’ Release Delayed One Week

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DreamWorks Animation’s new film ‘The Wild Robot’ will see it’s release delayed one week as it will now premier on September 27th instead of it’s original release date of September 20th, according to Deadline.

According to the official synopsis: “Shipwrecked on a deserted island, a robot named Roz must learn to adapt to its new surroundings. Building relationships with the native animals, Roz soon develops a parental bond with an orphaned gosling.”

The Wild Robot stars Academy Award® winner Lupita Nyong’o (Us, The Black Panther franchise) as robot Roz; Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Pedro Pascal (The Last of Us, The Mandalorian) as fox Fink; Emmy winner Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek, Best in Show) as opossum Pinktail; Oscar® nominee Bill Nighy (Living, Love Actually) as goose Longneck; Kit Connor (Heartstopper, Rocketman) as gosling Brightbill and Oscar® nominee Stephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All at Once, this summer’s The Fall Guy) as Vontra, a robot that will intersect with Roz’s life on the island.

The film also features the voice talents of Emmy winning pop-culture icon Mark Hamill (Star Wars franchise, The Boy and the Heron), Matt Berry (What We Do in the Shadows, The SpongeBob Movie franchise) and Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible films, Pulp Fiction).

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