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Comcast Out, Mel Gibson In On Disney Takeover?
NewsMax ^ | 5/5/04 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 05/05/2004 5:09:49 PM PDT by wagglebee

The New York Post's Richard Johnson is reporting that "A consortium of mysterious European investors has approached [Mel] Gibson about a possible takeover of Disney now that Comcast has thrown in the towel, sources told PAGE SIX."

Wow.

First, Gibson couldn't even get anyone to distribute his movie, and now that it might become the biggest selling dvd of all time, the movie cognoscenti are interested.

Well, at least they're paying lip service to the idea. They would still want Gibson to throw in a couple hundred million of his own money to help buy the Mouse House, but they also want him to run the company.

One insider told Johnson: "We were very impressed with the way Gibson handled 'The Passion of the Christ'" - especially the part where he produced the movie for around $30 million, but has made $600 million in the theaters so far.

Gibson friends agree: "Gibson has the sensibilities Hollywood needs," one told Page Six. "He has the right insight to lead a studio. Look at those numbers! Now, that is how to make movies - none of this $120 million nonsense."

But, the source added, "He hasn't said yes, and he hasn't said no" to the proposal for a Disney corporate takeover.

Another person close to Gibson said, "The discussions have not gone anywhere . . . yet."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: disney; hollywood; melgibson
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This would be awesome!
1 posted on 05/05/2004 5:09:49 PM PDT by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee
GO MEL!!!!!!!!!!!
2 posted on 05/05/2004 5:11:09 PM PDT by Mr. K (`,,`,,I stole this cuz its funny,,`,,`))
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To: wagglebee
Sounds good to me.
3 posted on 05/05/2004 5:11:31 PM PDT by victoryatallcosts (Rule Britannia. Britannia Rules the Waves. Britons never shall be slaves.)
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To: Liz; onyx; fortunecookie
Oh wow! Just...Wow.


All I can say is...wow.
4 posted on 05/05/2004 5:14:12 PM PDT by Petronski (Hubris knows no editor.)
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To: wagglebee; All
That would be great.
5 posted on 05/05/2004 5:14:20 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: wagglebee
It's a small world after all.
6 posted on 05/05/2004 5:17:22 PM PDT by breakem
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To: wagglebee
That would explain Disney's reluctance to release the Miserable Failure's latest work of fiction.
7 posted on 05/05/2004 5:17:39 PM PDT by steveegg (Radical Islam has more in common with Islamic populations than the mainstream media has with America)
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To: wagglebee
My mom was Walt's secretary, and my Dad was employee number 5 in the Disney empire...thats how they met.

Roy hates Eisner...all the good old boys have left.Roy must be giddy over this news.

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8 posted on 05/05/2004 5:23:06 PM PDT by antaresequity
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To: wagglebee
Interesting. Could it be that someday parents would again be able to trust Disney?
9 posted on 05/05/2004 5:24:32 PM PDT by FourPeas (By dint of railing at idiots, we run the risk of becoming idiots ourselves. ~Gustav Flaubert)
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To: Petronski
” Oh wow! Just...Wow.

All I can say is...wow.”

May I add, ‘sweet’

10 posted on 05/05/2004 5:28:49 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn
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To: wagglebee
It's from the "Page Six" section of the Post. In other words.....gossip.
11 posted on 05/05/2004 5:29:35 PM PDT by Cagey
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To: wagglebee
DON'T DO IT MEL! KEEP YOUR MONEY - LET DISNEY CRASH INTO THE GROUND.
12 posted on 05/05/2004 5:30:58 PM PDT by ServesURight
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To: antaresequity
Oh how cool!

I'm a HUGE Disney fan.

You must have had an amazing childhood!
13 posted on 05/05/2004 5:32:57 PM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: wagglebee
This would be too good to be true. ......taking Disney from the pervs and bringing it back into the spirit of what Walt himself envisioned. Mel wouldn't put up with this "Gay Days" crap, that's for sure.
14 posted on 05/05/2004 5:34:52 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: tiamat
To say the least. We owned Playland in San Francisco...and a penny arcade in the town we lived in.
15 posted on 05/05/2004 5:35:02 PM PDT by antaresequity
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To: antaresequity
I've never been further West than St. Paul, so I do not know Playland.

Still, it all sounds fun, and I am glad you got to experiance it all first-hand!
16 posted on 05/05/2004 5:37:09 PM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: Mr. Mojo
And to think, three months ago Mel Gibson was "finished" in Hollywood. I guess his "stupidity" is the same type that the liberals think Bush suffers from.
17 posted on 05/05/2004 5:40:46 PM PDT by wagglebee
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To: Petronski
Would be great....but probably won't happen.
18 posted on 05/05/2004 5:48:20 PM PDT by Liz
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To: wagglebee
Mel Gibson and the "Passion" wins again. BIG.
WOW, what a good choice.
I hope the Hollywood manipulators are wringing their
hands out. Gibson will put credibility back into Disney's dream!
19 posted on 05/05/2004 5:48:21 PM PDT by Smartass ( BUSH & CHENEY IN 2004 - THE BEST GET BETTER)
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To: wagglebee
OMG, he could turn that company right around. He could actually have them make some decent movies again. At one time, the name Disney on any movie meant you could be sure of good, wholesom entertainment.
20 posted on 05/05/2004 5:55:20 PM PDT by McGavin999 (If Kerry can't deal with the "Republican Attack Machine" how is he going to deal with Al Qaeda)
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