Why Disney + Should Adapt More Disney Publishing Books


Disney has adapted many books over the years including “Artemis Fowl”, “The Mysterious Benedict Society”, “Peter Pan” and recently “Just Beyond”. But with Disney having a new thirst for content to fill Disney +, Disney recently announced adaptations of titles from Disney Publishing Worldwide, including “Sal & Gabi Break The Universe” and fan favorite “Percy Jackson”. Let me explain why they should make more adaptations.

Reason # 1: They Are Already Adapting Or Have Adapted Several Disney Edition Titles

Currently, Disney has adaptations of “Percy Jackson”, “Daughter Of The Deep” and “Sal and Gabi Break The Universe”, as well as Disney previously adapting titles from Disney Publishing such as “Artemis Fowl” and “Gabby Duran and The Unsittables. ”The Facts Disney has adapted or is in the process of adapting several titles from Disney Publishing. In the case of“ Artemis Fowl ”and“ Percy Jackson ”are successful book series with millions of fans worldwide .

Reason 2: establish a better relationship with their authors

Disney has several writers who publish through them, and in recent times Disney has shown that they have a good working relationship with writers like Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl), Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson), and Carlos Hernandez (Sal and Gabi Break The Universe), but these are just three of their authors. Disney seems to have a great relationship with many of its authors. However, that didn’t stop Mo Williems from signing a deal with HBO Max to adapt his work.

Some of the writers that Disney could try to expand their relationship with include Melissa De La Cruz (The Lost Islands), Ryan T. Higgins (Norman Didn’t Do It), Ridley Pearson (Kingdon Keepers), and Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Spirits) ). Just think of the potential of a new series and new Disney + movies. Adapting this author’s work could increase sales of the original books, which happened with Netflix’s adaptation of “Shadow and Bone.”

Reason 3: No more IP addresses to play with

Disney has a huge catalog of IPs, but some people want new content based on IPs that haven’t been adapted yet. This is where the Disney edition comes in. Disney could start calling all of their writers and negotiating deals for so many different book series, including titles like “The Last Fallen Star,” “Tristan Strong,” “The Darkest Minds,” “Kingdom Keepers,” and “The Zodiac Legacy” which would all target different audiences and meet Disney’s “family-friendly” criteria, in particular for the American and Latin American versions of Disney +.

In the age of streaming, original content is the key to success and whether Disney reaches out to its authors and purchases the rights to a selection of titles so they can produce them for Disney +.

Reason # 4: they can adapt their own books

Disney and Marvel both have book groups that publish stories based on their IP addresses, and they have both published dozens of books on characters like “Mickey Mouse”, “Ms Marvel” and “Black Widow” as well as Disney franchises like “Ducktales”, “Big City Greens” and “Disney Princesses”. Disney could adapt these stories because they can create animated shorts and specials for Disney + that focus on these books and the characters they are based on.

Final thoughts:

Overall, Disney is sitting on a gold mine if they decide to make deals with their authors to adapt their books into original Disney + series and films. Disney could have around a hundred new series and movies by making deals with all writers like Graci Kim, Lori M. Lee, Kawme Mbalia and Britta Lundin, as well as expanding their deals with writers like Rick Riordan and Eoin Colfer. to acquire more titles. adapt.

If they followed this route, something huge that Disney could do would be to add a Disney + collection called “Based on Books” and include all of the Disney and 20th century titles on Disney +, which are based on novels, comics, manga and picture books, etc. .

With Disney announcing new adaptations of popular Disney Publishing titles including “Percy Jackson” and “Daughter Of The Deep,” ironically, both are written by Rick Riordan. But if Disney is to broaden its horizons when it comes to producing more popular, high-quality Disney + originals that aren’t based on the Marvel or Star Wars franchises, which is what Disney + desperately needs as a current track record for scripted originals in outside of Marvel and Star Wars is somewhat mixed.

Overall, whether or not Disney realizes they’re sitting on a gold mine of IPs, they could turn into Disney + Originals if they just reach out to the authors who own the IPs and negotiate a deal. Personally, I would love to see Disney + do adaptations of “Tristian Strong” and “The Last Fallen Star” because I don’t know anything about the mythologies they are based on.

What do you think? Does Disney + need to adapt more Disney edition titles?

Ethan Holloway

Ethan “Neil” Holloway is a huge Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar fan who grew up with Disney movies like Iron Man and The Lion King. Ethan has always been fascinated by movies, especially those that give fair representation to people with disabilities, and one day hopes to publish a novel with Disney Publishing Worldwide. You can call Ethan the “Disney Anime Guy” if you like.

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