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Rich Ross is out as chairman of Walt Disney Studios

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by dwmckim, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Rich Ross has stepped down as chairman of Walt Disney Studios with some sources saying it was Ross' decision and others claiming it was a firing. No current news of possible replacements. I've scanned a number of news articles and while many are including a photo of him at the Muppets Walk of Fame ceremony, none are citing "The Muppets" as a reason or casting them in a negative light. Those that have mentioned The Muppets in the context of the article are citing The Muppets as one of Disney's successes under his tenure.

    Ross was very supportive of the Muppets and of course it was under his tenure that the Segel film went from just being talked about to actually produced.

    Hopefully whoever takes his place shares his enthusiasm about The Muppets as a Disney property since in a company like Disney, how much weight and support put behind them depends on who's in charge of them at the time.
  2. zoebell

    zoebell Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that's the only thing i'm worried about. you'd think with all the attention and the oscar win and the strong financial results, everything would be right on track. so hopefully whoever comes in sees that the same way
  3. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    Geez Disney goes through chairmans like a baby goes through milk. :p
  4. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Maybe they should invest in better chairs...
  5. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking more "man" then chairs. Lol!
  6. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I really hope everything still goes according to plan. Remember, in 2005 on Bob Iger's first day in office he fired the majority of the staff of the Muppets Holding Company, LLC, putting all their plans on hold for a while. I don't think this will be a repeat of that situation.
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'd be far more worried if it wasn't such a no-risk gamble. The Muppets made a small amount of money, but it cost a smaller amount of money to produce and market, so they managed to profit from it none the less. At this point, thinking small wouldn't exactly be out of their range. Unless the budget for the next Muppet film is well over 200 mil, I doubt The Muppets Movie 2 is the first thing they want to axe.

    It's really more the big expensive John Carter type movie budgets I have a feeling they'd stay away from... but did anyone get fired after Prince of Persia? Just wondering.
  8. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Hopefully this won't affect another movie. But worst case scenario and it does, at least the Muppets got to go out on a successful product. :)

    But anyway no point in assuming either way yet. :)
  9. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    1. Youre alive!

    2. We're used to these sudden shakeups by now, but it seems like the ball is rolling too much now for any of these deck reshufflings to affect anything
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Even if it did... the last movie cost 45 million dollars... if the next one is around the same budget, even if no one in the world saw it, it's still a more solid investment than a big budget movie that only makes up less than half its budget. Green Lantern made more than the Muppets, but because GL had such a high budget, it was considered a flop.
  11. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    I know that executive changes can send some pet projects into turn-around so that the "new guy" can make a name for him/herself. But let's face it, a lot of current executives were on board with the Muppets film and those who might not have been back then are likely pretending they were now. The film's Oscar win also seals the deal. They're gonna make this. The characters are now established with modern audiences so there's a great deal of creative freedom to shape this project in many ways. It's bursting with potential.
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  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Oscar win or not, after a big budget movie like John Carter, they're clearly going to try with smaller budget films when it comes to anything besides Marvel Comics and Pixar. Time will tell if Wreck it Ralph is going to be a success or not. Safe gambles are safe gambles. The next Muppet movie, be it a hit, a flop, or just squeaking by with modest profits is safe enough for them to go without that other guy.
    jvcarroll likes this.
  13. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    :fanatic: Am I a Chaaaaiiirrrrr, or am I a Man? :fanatic:
  14. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    hmmm a very manly chair...man.... I guess hopefully a chairman who is a muppet of a chairman

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