Revolution in the Hollywood world. The famous movie studio 20th Century Fox will see part of its name changed and become 20th Century Studios, decision made by its new owner, Disney.
According to several American media, Disney has decided to change the name of the studio so that it is no longer associated with the big Fox channel but also and above all with Fox News, the news channel.
The entertainment giant bought, in March 2019, for more than 71 billion dollars (around 64 billion euros) most of the assets of the 21st Century Fox group, including the studio, while the magnate Rupert Murdoch and its shareholders kept several channels, including Fox News.
Same fate for Fox Searchlight
The ultra-conservative image, close to Donald Trump, Rupert Murdoch and the Fox News channel, would have prompted Disney to erase all ties with Fox, according to sources quoted by the specialized site Variety.
This is a symbolic step for the film studio, created in 1914 and which merged with 20th Century Pictures in 1935. Fox was one of the founding studios of Hollywood, who arrived in California in 1915.
Fox Searchlight Pictures, the little brother of 20th Century Fox, will experience the same fate and become Searchlight Pictures. According to Variety, the process has already started since the email addresses of Searchlight employees have been changed, the domain “fox.com” having been renamed “searchlightpictures.com”.
A legendary art deco logo
On the poster for the next Searchlight Pictures movie, Downhill which will be released in the United States in February, the mention Fox has disappeared. It will be the first Searchlight film with the new logo.
A family film Call of the wild – titled The forest's call in France – will also be released in February under the banner of 20th Century Pictures. The mythical logo, characterized by its spotlight radius and an art deco typography, should not undergo any radical change, apart from the disappearance of the word Fox. The studio has an impressive number of blockbuster films, including Avatar, Titanic, franchises Star Wars, Alien, The Planet of the Apes, etc.
According to specialist Variety, Disney has yet to rule on the plight of 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television television studios.