Yearly Ketchup: The Most Rotten Film Development News of 2019
There are very few industries that enjoy vacation holidays that are really, really long like in Hollywood, and when we reach this time of year, there is rarely much in the “film development news” to discuss. Last week, we covered the latest fresh news this year, and this week, we saw what we considered the most rotten.
JANUARY: KEVIN HART PASSES GO, WILL GET (AT LEAST) $ 200, IN MONOPOLY
Kevin Hart’s Tomatometer has been getting better in the last few years, starting with his partnership with Dwayne Johnson in Central Intelligence (which carried into their Jumanji movies), and including his voice role in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Certified Fresh at 88 %). Before 2016, however, his track record mostly carried a broad series of Rotten splotches, with only a few Fresh tomatoes, and most of those were for his comedy concert films.
FEBRUARY: BRAD PITT’S ZOMBIE FIGHT ENDS WITH SCRAPPING OF WORLD WAR Z SEQUEL
If you were a big fan of Brad Pitt and director Marc Foster’s zombie movie World War Z, February brought some bad news. After years of near-starts and delays, Paramount Pictures finally, apparently definitively, pulled the plug on a World War Z sequel.
MARCH: DISNEY / FOX MERGER LEADS TO SHELVING OF PROMISING X-MEN PROJECTS
In March, Disney finalized its $ 71.3 billion deal to acquire the entertainment assets of the Fox film and TV studios. The deal was widely applauded by Marvel Comics fans who are eager to see the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters and properties now available for Marvel Studios in their future movies (though probably not until after 2022).