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During their investors day Disney CEO Bob Iger announced much of the details about the new streaming service they will launch to compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon and the recently announced Apple service (TV+).
Disney own a lot of content from their own films and TV show to Marvel films, Star Wars, the recently purchased Fox movies and TV and Pixar to name but some of their massive catalogue.
The House of Mouse will most likely start to pull their content from other streaming services to make it more appealing and with a price point of $6.99 a month or $69.99 for the year it is certainly competitive.
There are a number of TV shows on the works which will only appear on the service like the Star Wars based The Mandalorian and the Pixar Monsters Inc. based Monsters At Work.
Also announced is the the recent box office hit Captain Marvel will be on the service at launch this is all very good for the millions of Disney fans out there, and throw HBO and ESPN into the mix and just maybe this is a Netfix killer.
The service launches on November 12th 2019 so keep an eye on 25thframe.co.uk at launch and we'll have a review of the service.
Peter Jackson has officially announced that his Hobbit films will now be 3 rather than just 2.
Be cynical if you like but I actually think this is a great idea, it worked so well with The Lord of the Rings, and for 3 exciting year we had 3 excellent films, and I truly believe that Jackson can do the same again.
On that more cynical note, each of the Rings films took close to or over a billion dollars in box office grosses, and over the years created a massive buzz that probably drove merchandising sales through the roof, as well as creating DVD sales in standard forem and extended form.
You can see why it makes sense to turn this into a trilogy, New Line Cinema (and all other studios involved) have probably just made themselves another couple of billion dollars in revenue, as I'm sure, unless the first film is an absolute turkey, that these films will make over a billion at the box office each, and thats before you consider everything else. With no release date or title the details are still sketchy, but at the moment lets presume that this will take The Hobbit into 2014, thats this December, December 2013 and then December 2014 for the next film.
The good news in all this is that we should get to see the entire book turned into a film and any un-filmed stuff from the Middle Earth universe that has so far been untouched. Roll on this December when we find out if the wait has been worth it.