Disney acquired the rights to Dragon Ball Z, but there’s a catch!

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On March 20, 2019, Disney announced the acquisition of the 21st Century Fox Company. It was the largest and possibly most challenging merger of two media companies in history. Disney has purchased the assets of Fox’s film and TV divisions, with likes of X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four now coming under Disney Banner, but there’s more.

Disney acquired the rights to Dragon Ball Z and did this deal under the cloak of secrecy. After Star Wars, Dragon Ball is one of the longest-running and most-loved series, with a built-in fanbase of over thirty years, and Disney’s knew that. Marvel is proof of Disney’s reputation for seizing business opportunities and turning them into multi-billion dollar enterprises.

If you don’t know, “the Dragon Ball-Z” is the property of 20th Century Fox, and in the past, it has produced the live-action movie called Dragonball Evolution (2009). The movie was so horrible that writer Toriyama felt that the fanbase deserved an apology. Therefore, he decided to revive the series with Dragon Ball Z’s animated film: Battle of Gods (2013).

What’s the Catch?

who own rights to Dragon Ball Z

Disney has acquired the rights to Dragon Ball Z but not the whole franchise. In reality, Disney has only bought the rights to make a live-action Dragon Ball movie and film distribution rights. 

While the animated series is still owned by Akira Toriyama, TOEI Animation and Shueisha, all of them are based in Japan. The English dub is still under the control of Funimation Entertainment, a Sony Pictures Entertainment subsidiary. Here Shueisha is the ultimate rights-holder.

Who owns Dragon Ball Super?

For those unaware, “Dragon Ball Super” is a 131-episode anime television series adaption made by Toei Animation that aired in Japan from July 2015 to March 2018. Shueisha owns all of the rights to Dragon Ball Super.

However, the situation is different when it comes to Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Since it is an anime film, Disney will own the distribution and theatrical rights under the contract, and the same will be true for the sequel, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, which released in August 2022.

Disney working on Dragon Ball Z Cinematic Universe

Disney isn’t the only one who possesses a genie lamp but never uses it. Disney is well aware of the potential and popularity of the Dragon Ball Z Universe.

According to rumors, Instagram artist ultraraw26 claims to have heard Disney is working on a new live-action Dragon Ball franchise in the hopes of matching the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s tremendous popularity.

I heard this rumors a few days ago that Disney is planning to start a new Dragon Ball live-action franchise with the hope of replicating the massive success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Now, this is only a rumors, I don’t know if it’s TRUE or what.

I only hope to see super Saiyan 4 make an entrance one day on the live-action screen.

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However, Disney still needs Akira Toriyama’s and Shueisha’s approval, but it’s only a question of time. After all, who doesn’t want to work with Disney? I’m sure Disney’s writers and Akira Toriyama’s collaboration on Dragon Ball Z Live action will bring wonders to the franchise. It also appears that Disney bought Bleach anime streaming rights from Crunchyroll for Disney+

Disney might be able to do what Fox hasn’t been able to do. Disney never fails to amaze us. Don’t forget to Download Amazing Dragon Ball Z Wallpaper before you leave. Would you like Disney giving a major Overhaul of Dragon Ball-Z in a live-action take? Comment below 

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Shashank is an experienced tech blogger. He has completed his master's in business administration, but his heart lies in technology, gadgets & anime. He is basically creative in nature and his one of favorite thing is capturing nature closely whenever he gets the free time.

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