Earlier in the day, the rumors about Disney’s acquisition of Fox came to an end with Disney executives confirming that Disney has acquired the film and TV divisions assets of 21st Century Fox. Various titles such as X-Men and Fantastic Four are now owned by Disney. However, those are not the only rights that change hands.
You might be surprised to know that Dragon Ball must also be a part of the package.
If you recall, Hollywood attempted to make a live-action Dragon Ball film earlier. 20th Century Fox had made Dragonball Evolution, a costly version of Akira Toriyama’s shonen series. The film was disliked by fans and critics both. However, Fox kept pursuing with the series. Anime movies such as Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods had the studio’s imprint, but, they won’t be going any further for sure.
The details about Disney’s acquisition of Fox are under wraps, and only basic details have been shared in the reports. The deal allows Fox to hold on to Fox News Channel, Fox Broadcasting, and various sports channels. Disney gets their movie and TV rights along with other stakes such as a 30% share in Hulu. Disney gets the ownership of the active as well as past Fox titles, and Dragon Ball seems to be within that ambit. Dragonball Evolution might have bombed, but, there are still hopes about a new live-action Dragon Ball film. Fox put the franchise on the backburner after their live-action movie tanked, but, Disney might create magic with it if Fox’s film rights continue to exist. There is no information on what kind of deal Toriyama had with Fox. However, their recent links to the newer Dragon Ball movies makes fans believe that they had bought the Dragon Ball rights for a long time.
Disney has also acquired several assets which are more significant than Dragon Ball, but, the company can rethink about the live-action options in the future. They have acquired Fox’s titles for close to $60 billion, and Disney would now want to recover the investment. Dragon Ball can help in that. The series happens to be one of the most profitable exports from Japan and Dragon Ball has got millions of fans all over the world. In case Disney went ahead and allocated resources to it, the live-action Dragon Ball movie might turn out to be just the thing that the audiences had been waiting for.