[The Playlist] Disney Exec Reportedly Concerned Taika Waititi’s WWII Satire ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Might Alienate Studio’s Core Fans

kiguel182

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Oct 31, 2017
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It seems the “Fox Searchlight will remain the same” had a short life span.

If they start hampering this branch it will suck.
 

Dust

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Oct 25, 2017
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What do they mean by core audience?
Do they want to turn Hitler into wacky and misunderstood "cool uncle” and when kids go "wow, Hitler is so funny!" they would launch a full blown merchandise with Hitler plushies?
 

CloudWolf

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Oct 26, 2017
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It seems the “Fox Searchlight will remain the same” had a short life span.

If they start hampering this branch it will suck.
The Variety article makes it seem like Disney is putting their chips on Jojo Rabbit being a 'major awards contender'. That is a major mistake.

Even though I have high hopes for the film due to me loving Taika, he's not going to be nominated for any big awards, his movies are way too weird. I doubt Jojo is going to be a huge box office draw, too. So in about 6 months we might very well see Fox Searchlight dial down or become an exclusive streaming company because 'disappointing results from Jojo Rabbit'.

This Disney merger is getting worse all the time.
 

Famassu

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Oct 27, 2017
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Have they really forgotten that they used to make anti-Nazi propaganda animations using some of their most well known childrens' IPs?
 

vhoanox

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This is the lasted mention of Fox Searchlight from Bob Iger:

Fox Searchlight barely rated a mention on the call, with Iger saying only: “Fox Searchlight will continue to make the prestige films it’s known for while expanding its high-quality original storytelling into the DTC space.”

That take, which suggests that only awards plays are assured theatrical runs, could be a greater culture shock for the specialty division than for its major-studio counterparts. It would put Searchlight acquisition offers toe-to-toe with streamers like Netflix and Amazon (which is also becoming much more selective about booking theatrical runs).
Disney Declares Hollywood’s Future: Big Movies in Theaters, Everything Else Is Streaming

I think they will not shut Fox studio down, but only the sure thing like blockbusters or awards winning to get theater release, everything else are straight to streaming services whether it's D+ or Hulu.
 

lupinko

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Oct 26, 2017
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Worth it just for those marvel movie rights. Right guys?

Hopefully President Warren nullifies the 20th century fox acquisition. Disney is too big and should be split up, along with a number of other corporations.
Why? They just make movies, it’s not like they make medicine or things you need to live. Geez, you guys get so hung up on your movies and videogames.
 

Kain

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Oct 27, 2017
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Sooo somebody at Disney is worried that there's a movie making fun of Hitler or is my thinking dirty and wrong?
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Maybe I'm reading too much into this, but does this mean they aren't planning to give Searchlight freedom to keep doing its thing?

It'll be a sad day if they close down Searchlight.
You’re reading way too much into it. People act like Searchlight films being released on streaming, means the quality will not be there. This is part of the future, short limited engagements in theaters followed by release on streaming platforms.

This is what they are going to do with Amazon’s possible Oscar worthy movies in ‘The Report’, Late Night and Brittany runs a Marathon.
 

kiguel182

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Source? Because at the same earnings call, the article mentioned that sure fire hits and prestige flicks would still be hitting the big screen. Prestige flicks = Searchlight
I just doubt that long term. And by prestige films you might be excluding weird and different projects that are not exactly “award” movies.

I think the scope of Fox Searchlight will be impacted sooner or later.
 

vhoanox

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Source? Because at the same earnings call, the article mentioned that sure fire hits and prestige flicks would still be hitting the big screen. Prestige flicks = Searchlight
At best Disney pictures will make over $10B this year they may will never make close this again. But Netflix is now worth $130B, Disney wants that.
To compete with Netflix, Disney needs to make more movies not less that's why they bought Fox to help them ramp up productions.
We may only see only 2 or 3 Searchlight films on the theater each year. Make sense because most of their movies are making bank, release too many they eat others money. Everything else will go to streaming service.
 

TheGhost

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Oct 25, 2017
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I remember a time when the "Disney brand" actually meant something. Like the quality of work and the way one feels when watching their films.

But when you gobble up....well everything
You can't expect it to give you that Sunday night family movie Disney Vibes.

There is a reason why they have this
That's the Disney I love. I never expect a star wars/marvel/random Fox project to get that stamp of approval.
 

scitek

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Oct 27, 2017
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I don't get the concern. It's not going to have Disney's actual branding on it anywhere, so the average family who loves everything Disney won't even know about the connection.
 

Lexad

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Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ummm who is your core audience, Disney?
1 executive out of several who viewed. Good clickbait
 

Alexandros

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It’s the ultimate cultural dystopia. But hey, Marvel movies amirite.
Lots and lots of people like Marvel movies. Fox Searchlight films are usually aimed at a relatively niche audience, therefore it is not unexpected that people care more about one than the other. In any case this seems like a simple problem to solve through a different brand name.
 

apocat

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Oct 27, 2017
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Lots and lots of people like Marvel movies. Fox Searchlight films are usually aimed at a relatively niche audience, therefore it is not unexpected that people care more about one than the other. In any case this seems like a simple problem to solve through a different brand name.
Hell, I like marvel movies. That doesn’t mean that I want all entertainment to be safe and watered down. Not everything has to be kid friendly.

Disney has published movies through other brand names before, Tarantino through Miramax is one obvious example. The thing that worries me is that Jojo is even discussed as an issue for them.
 

apocat

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Oct 27, 2017
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Jesus, watch more movies. There have been a ton of amazing and unique movies released in the last few years alone and they keep coming.
I do watch more movies. Especially from the non-american market. That doesn’t change that mainstream blockbusters are dominating cinema screens in a way unlike ever before, certainly on expense of smaller, more creative films.
 

¡ B 0 0 P !

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Disney’s evil knows no bounds. They can’t expect to control 40% of the market and demand all films fit their soccer mom family values branding. There’s nothing wrong with R rated films!

It’s sad to see a once great studio being butchered by Disney. 😭