Disney executives are reportedly arguing over whether or not to add new mature or adults-only content to Disney+, steering the service away from its family-friendly nature.
Puck News reports that former CEO and current Executive Chairman Bob Iger wants to keep Disney+ family-friendly, but current Disney CEO Bob Chapek wants to add content beyond family-friendly to the streaming service.
- Iger “insisted on sticking to the narrow definition,” a source told Puck News. But Chapek “intends to expand it.”
- Sources told Puck News that some insiders feel Chapek, who uses data for decisions, does not have the right vision to make sure it happens correctly.
- An unnamed source told Puck News: “Notice that Netflix spends insane amounts and makes a ton of crap. A handful of phenom hits in a giant pile of crud.”
However, there has already been some discussions about mature content coming to Disney. For example, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, said at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in February 2021 that Marvel Studios will make a third “Deadpool” movie with an R-rating.
- He said R-rated projects will only happen if they make sense, as I wrote for the Deseret News.