Week in Geek #134: Who Will Buy MGM? Wonder Woman 3 Ideas and More | Fanboys Anonymous

Week in Geek #134: Who Will Buy MGM? Wonder Woman 3 Ideas and More

Posted by Anthony Mango Monday, December 28, 2020

Welcome to another edition of WEEK IN GEEK here at Fanboys Anonymous—a rundown of some of the events, news and stories that went down over the past few days in the geek culture spectrum.

This week in geek culture Fanboys Anonymous nerd recap

Here are some of the topics I felt like voicing my opinions about:

The Book of Boba Fett Confirmed as Spin-off

The tease at the end of the last episode of The Mandalorian of "The Book of Boba Fett" seemed like a spin-off, but it wasn't confirmed. After announcing so many new series at Investor Day, it seemed like maybe this would just be a subtitle to The Mandalorian or something, possibly.

Nope. Confirmed to be a spin-off. Very cool. I'm so down. The Mandalorian has been the best thing to happen to Star Wars since the Disney takeover.

MGM Looking to Sell

MGM wants to sell its studio and its library, which includes the James Bond franchise as well as Rocky, The Hobbit, RoboCop, Silence of the Lambs, etc. The market value is apparently 5.5 billion. Hefty price, but maybe they'd settle for something like 4 or so if a bidder plays the right cards and MGM is hurting enough.

Someone will buy it. Guaranteed.

Forgive me for not doing tons of research on the status of each company and how everything is interwoven and the stock market is blah blah blah, but here's how I see things (and if I'm dead wrong, let me know in the comments)...

Sony was spearheading the distribution up until Spectre. They were part of the bidders trying to renew their rights beforehand. Other companies that were trying to do that were Annapurna (what?), Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox.

Fox is inside Disney now. I can't imagine Disney will want to buy MGM, necessarily. They're spending a lot as it is, but unless they can get it for an absolute steal, it seems like it's too much money to shill out for something that clashes with its overall aesthetic. RoboCop's not going on Disney+, for instance.

I don't even know what Annapurna is. That's not happening.

I'd imagine this is going to go to a streaming platform that wants to branch out, like Apple, or that it goes to WarnerMedia, NBC/Universal, or ViacomCBS.

In some ways, Viacom makes the most sense. They have the rights to Terminator, if I'm correct. RoboCop and Bond and Rocky and all are on a more similar wavelength than the Disney brand.

If you're looking to put these franchises on your streaming services, though, where does it fit best? I can't see Apple buying it, cause they aren't in the mode yet to make films for regular distribution as even Netflix isn't too much into that. So again, we're back to those big 3. Does it go to HBO Max (Warner), Peacock (Universal) or Paramount+ (Viacom)?

I'd lean less in the direction of Peacock, but we all know Comcast makes enough money as it is that they can afford it.

HBO Max could be a great spot for it. They're really going to be hoping this year's worth of movies on that platform drives up subscribers. Maybe adding these franchises will be part of the plan.

Then again, maybe Paramount makes a play for it so they have some big guns for when they launch Paramount+.

Toss-up. Either one of those two, with a potential swoop-in from Sony. I highly, highly doubt it's anyone else's asset to acquire.

Wonder Woman 3 Confirmed

After the release of Wonder Woman 1984 (review here) they've confirmed a third Wonder Woman film is in the works with Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins returning, naturally.

At this point, I think the first film is overrated and the second just isn't all that good, so I'm not having high hopes the third will be the most amazing film ever. It'll probably be fine.

What I'm hoping for, as far as the story goes, is that they don't bring back Steve Trevor. They'd have to figure out a convoluted way to do that and it just doesn't make sense after having just done that. Unfortunately, I don't know how they'd get around doing a film without a love interest of any kind, so maybe they introduce Trevor Barnes, Keith Griggs or Mike Bailey (characters I know nothing about, really).

As far as villains go, I feel like you need to stack it to get some of them in there that hadn't been done already. Admittedly, I'm unaware of most of her villains. I know nothing about the majority of them that have only been around the past decade or so, for instance, like Grail. What I think you need is Circe as the great manipulator and possibly combine her with Veronica Cale, use Giganta as the biggest physical threat and then maybe Silver Swan if you have room for a third villain. Medusa is too hard to pull off in any great context. Angle Man is ridiculous. Egg Fu.....no. I don't know if there's any way to cram in Doctor Psycho, but to be honest, the Harley Quinn cartoon kind of distorted my opinion on that character and now, he's just a funny little guy.




Tony Mango is the founder, editor-in-chief, head writer and podcast host of Fanboys Anonymous as well as all other A Mango Tree branches including Smark Out Moment. He is a pundit, creative director/consultant, fiction writer and more. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.