It’s been rumored since May that Disney was strongly considering an Alita prequel series for Disney+ but it was hard for many people to see how Alita: Battle Angel would be a fit for the “family friendly” brand. Recently, a number of people claimed to have insider knowledge of the prequel series being a reality – Grace Randolph being one of them – further begging the question of how Disney was going to make this work.
Disney’s plan for an additional brand to be the home for more mature content was apparently leaked in a video that showed what might’ve been a presentation prepared for investors. “Disney 18+” was the brand name in the leaked video seen below:
You didn’t have to be a genius to guess why that name would be probably end up being changed. It was much more likely that Disney would take a platform for mature content that it already owned (Hulu) and rebrand it as a part of Disney+. And that is what is now being rumored to be the course of action.
According to Collider.com:
“The working theory is that there’s strength in numbers, and The Walt Disney Company would look much more appealing to Wall Street investors if it could boast of having 110 million subscribers on a single service, rather than 73.7 million on Disney+ and 36.6 million on Hulu. It simply makes more sense to combine the two streaming services into one single juggernaut that appeals to both families and adults.”
A Hulu spokesperson is denying the truth to the rumors, of course. But this move makes too much sense for Disney to not go through with. You can read more at Collider here: https://collider.com/will-hulu-be-folded-into-disney-plus/