Losing Profit, Losing Directors and Whitewashing Accusations – The Disney Movie Review 148


 

This week will be short. It’s my birthday and I have some celebrating to do. So let’s get to it! Check out this week’s episode below.

Marvel and Star Wars Leave Netflix

A few weeks ago we devoted an entire episode to the news that Disney was pulling out of its contract with Netflix.  At the time, it looked like Disney would leave the Marvel and Lucasfilm content on Netflix. Now, we know that is not the case. We talk about that and more on this week’s podcast episode.

This week Disney announced it is pulling Marvel And Star Wars off of Netflix and placing them on its new streaming platform.

“We’re going to launch big, and we’re going to launch hot,” said CEO Bob Iger at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2017 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference in Los Angeles

That was shocking in itself. Then Iger went on to warn investors that Disney’s 2017 profit would be roughly the same as its 2016 profit. The stock dropped almost 3 percent on that news.

Star Wars Loses Another Director

Colin Trevorrow has dropped out of directing Star Wars, Episode 9. In a statement issued by Lucasfilm, Trevorrow’s departure was called a “mutual decision” but that their “visions for the project differ.”

Trevorrow is the fourth director in the past two years to be taken off of a Star Wars film. He joins Josh Trank, Chris Miller, and Phil Lord in the former Star Wars directors club. Las Vegas has begun accepting bets on who the next director could be, with Ron Howard currently leading the crew. I’m starting to wonder how long directors will still want to helm a Star Wars project, given the intense scrutiny from fans and controlling vision of Lucasfilm.

Disney is Not Whitewashing Aladdin

Disney has been fiercely criticized for creating a new role for a white actor in the live-action Aladdin film. The rumor is that Disney has cast Billy Magnussen as a character called Prince Anders. There is no “Prince Anders” in the original animated 1992 film.

The decision follows Disney casting of Naomi Scott, a non-Arab actress, as Princess Jasmine in July.

I can understand why some fans are upset. There are a limited amount of roles for minorities in Hollywood and they are consistently forgotten. But it’s way too early to say that Disney is doing anything other than creating a richer movie with more characters. All of the princes not named Aladdin are usually suitors for Jasmine, which means Prince Anders could be a very minor character. Without any context on the role that Anders will play, it’s way too premature to accuse Disney of anything.

Here’s the song we went out to this week.