What Ryan Murphy Thinks About The Fox And Disney Merger, And How It Could Affect His Shows

The Butcher in AHS: Roanoke

It's a very interesting time in the world of TV and film production, as two major companies stand on a precipice that would change the landscape of show business. Disney and Fox are currently negotiating a possible merger, which would have implications across film, TV, and streaming entertainment. While many fans are wondering what this could mean for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, producer Ryan Murphy has got just one thing on his mind: his myriad shows on FX. Specifically, he wants to ensure that he won't have to change his series' contents, which are usually decidedly un-Disney. Murphy recently opened up about this concern, joking:

The stuff that I do isn't specifically Disney. I was concerned: Do I have to start putting Mickey Mouse in American Horror Story?

Now that is one crossover that not even the biggest American Horror Story fan theorists could have predicted. And while Mickey Mouse showing up in AHS is a funny enough idea, he'd really have to play multiple parts and possibly have a scene with himself if he's truly going to become a member of the show's family.

Of course, Ryan Murphy's comments TCA (via Deadline) were mostly in jest-- especially when it comes to Disney's beloved mouse. But his concerns about the merger do seem legitimate. Disney usually goes for a more family friendly image, producing content that is enjoyable across multiple generations. Unfortunately, that's not anything that Murphy seems interested in. His myriad anthology series are geared toward adults only, and often contain strong language, horrifying violence, or other adult themes. These aren't exactly Disney values, so Murphy has a right to be concerned about the possible merger affecting his work.

And while Ryan Murphy seems slightly concerned about how the possible Fox/Disney merger could affect him, he also seems hopeful about the future. That said, Murphy is determined to stay the course, telling the stories and collaborating with the folks that he chooses. He elaborated on this, saying:

I was not very prepared for what happened. I'm hopeful. I've created a company that's really trying to move the bar forward by hiring women and minorities and getting equal pay for women, and I want to continue that wherever I go. I want to make sure that community is being taken care of.

Despite any possible merger with Disney, Ryan Murphy is probably in a power position to not let his work be affected. He's currently got a whopping five shows across both FX and FOX, so he's no doubt got pull with the network. They surely don't want to lose such a consistent hit maker, so it would stand to reason that he'll be able to continue doing his work, regardless of the possible acquisition.

You can watch Ryan Murphy's 9-1-1 on Fox now, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story debuts on January 17, 2018. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.