On March 20th of this year, Disney did something that seemed impossible: it got bigger. Almost ten years after The Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel Entertainment, it merged with 21st Century Fox. That means a couple things, chief among them being that some of your favorite movies will still be made, but a whole bunch of them are getting the axe.
The sheer number of cancellations means we can’t cover them all here, but we’ll most definitely go over the big ones. Redditor Turcois has done the hard work of compiling the full list for us (which can be seen via the link below), but before you read the bad news, the good news is that some really big movies have survived the cut.
Among them are the Avatar sequels, meaning James Cameron will get a chance to give Avenger: Endgame and its top spot on the worldwide box office list a run for its money. Furthermore, the Garfield and Zorro reboots have also been saved.
Here are some of the most notable entries that ended up in the trash, though:
1. Chronicle 2
Michael B. Jordan has 2012’s superhero-ish flick partially to thank for his current and future movie super-stardom. The film was a hit and normally that means sequels are in the works, but not for now, it seems.
2. Magic: The Gathering
Not being a fan of any card games besides Cards Against Humanity or Solitaire, I don’t really have an opinion on this one. But turning it into a movie would have been tricky; apparently enough that Disney scrapped it before it even started.
3. Mega Man
Again, the last video game I really enjoyed was Super Mario World on the Nintendo 64, so this one should be right up my alley. The game never really appealed to me, but it appealed to enough people that Capcom was going to make a live action movie. It appears that the market for a good robot helping fight evil robots ended with Will Smith’s I, Robot, though.
4. Assassin’s Creed 2
How this was even happening is a little baffling. Assassin’s Creed was a total flop, yet a trilogy was still planned. Given how much of a mess the first film was though, we can’t say we’re sad to see the sequel scrapped.
5. Flash Gordon
Despite having Thor: Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi attached to it, the space-traveling hero and his friends won’t have their adventures told any time soon.
This one, it’s kind of upsetting. There are people who say that you can’t make a Die Hard without Bruce Willis, but McClane would’ve showcased the old (Willis) and young (not Willis) versions of the hero. Honestly, it sounded kinda promising and we’re hoping another studio picks it up.
7. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
This was another big disappointment at the box office, and for Alan Moore, the creator of the original comics. Personally, seeing Tom Sawyer fight alongside a vampire, invisible man, the original scientist with breathtaking anger issues, and a couple immortals was a hell of a good time. But not many others agreed. I think about 17 people in total actually enjoyed this movie.
8. Sandlot Prequel
In a time where reboots and unnecessary sequels are so common, this would have been interesting. After all, it’s been 26 years since the original Sandlot came out, so a proper sequel might’ve had a better chance at surviving the cutting board.
Anyways, all of those and many more movies have been scrapped by Disney and you can see the full list of projects that got the axe via the link below.