Disney + launches new popular film to international audiences ahead of US
For moviegoers in some international markets, a popular new movie has aired on their Disney + streams ahead of the United States. Ryan Reynold’s action comedy Free Guy hit theaters less than two months ago, but is now airing on Disney + in select international markets. For viewers in the United States, the film is available digitally and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray later this month, but is not yet available for streaming.
Then how free guy to end up on Disney + abroad before it is streamed in the United States? It comes down to various deals between 20th Century Fox, Disney, and HBO. Fox and HBO, per Variety, have a home video release deal that dates back four decades. This deal was extended in 2012, but while 20th Fox was acquired by Disney, previous distribution agreements remain in place. It can mean that free guy will go to WarnerMedia’s HBO Max nationally and Disney + internationally, as international home release may not be subject to the same deal.
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“We have acquired free guy under a distribution hypothesis and a set of different agreements, ”explained Bob Chapek, CEO of Disney. “We don’t have the degree of freedom to make a [Disney+ Premier Access release] to free guy. ”
While this isn’t ideal news for US fans, it’s great news for Disney + subscribers in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand where FRee guy is now available to stream on this platform.
In Free Guy, Ryan Reynolds stars as a bank teller who discovers he is a background player in an open world video game and decides to become the hero of his own story that he rewrites himself. Now, in a world where there are no limits, he’s determined to be the guy who saves his world before it’s too late.
free guy Also stars Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Taika Waititi. Shawn Levy directs the film from a story by Matt Lieberman and a screenplay by Lieberman and Zak Penn. Ryan Reynolds, pga, Shawn Levy, pga, Sarah Schechter, Greg Berlanti and Adam Kolbrenner produced the film with Mary McLaglen, Josh McLaglen, George Dewey, Dan Levine and Michael Riley McGrath as executive producers.
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