Q & A’s are harder to produce than they look (or read), but I was very pleased to peruse the wide-ranging questions from the Hollywood Reporter’s Pamela McClintock during a recent exclusive with Disney film chief Alan Horn.
Horn, who talked about subjects like the Disney/Fox merger, the future of Star Wars, and Pixar, played things close to the vest, but certainly gave insights as to the future
“I work very closely with [Disney Studios president] Alan Bergman, who is my partner in crime,” said Horn to McClintock. “The business stuff is extremely important and has to get done, but the vast majority of my time is spent on having an input creatively on cuts of movies, on casting, on everything.”
What were major takeaways from “the business stuff”?
- Horn said Star Wars post-Episode IX is “all in
- There’s no sequel to Mary Poppins Returns in the works.
- Horn said to “bring a handkerchief” to The Lion King reboot.
Horn is not actively managing 20th Century Fox studios: “Because of the gun-jumping rules, we’re not even allowed to provide what Alan Braverman, our general counsel, refers to as “actionable direction” [until the acquisition is finalized]. We’re being very, very careful. But obviously I see their movies.”
For any Disney movie fan, it’s an important piece to read.