20th Century Fox World (Malaysia)

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20th Century Fox World
Twentieth Century Fox World logo.png
Current 20th Century Fox World logo
LocationResorts World Genting, Pahang, Malaysia, Malaysia
Coordinates3°25′19″N 101°47′40″E / 3.4219212°N 101.7944919°E / 3.4219212; 101.7944919
ThemeFox entertainment properties
OwnerGenting Group (under license from 21st Century Fox)
Operated byGenting Group
Opens2019 (planned)
Previous namesGenting Outdoor Theme Park (closed September 26, 2013 (2013-09-26))
Area25 acres (10 ha)
Attractions
Total25
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata
StatusUnder Construction

20th Century Fox World is a upcoming movie inspired theme park project at Resorts World Genting, Genting Highlands, Malaysia. The park is going to be the only functioning 20th Century Fox theme park in the world and the first in Asia. It is scheduled to open sometime in 2019.

In November 2018, Genting Malaysia filed a lawsuit against 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company for allegedly attempting to pull out of the deal, making the park's future uncertain.[1]

Theme park history[edit]

Theme park entrance illustration

20th Century Fox World was first announced on 26 July 2013 and commenced its construction on 17 December 2013 with a cost of estimated RM1 billion.

The project was part of a major 10-year master plan of development, expansion, enhancement and refurbishment of hotels, theme park and infrastructure at Resorts World Genting.[2][3] It replaced the previous Genting Outdoor Theme Park which was closed on 1 September 2013.

The theme park is 250 acres in size and would feature roughly 25 thrill rides and attractions based on diverse films and franchises like Blue Sky Studios' Ice Age and Rio, Life of Pi, Night at the Museum, Planet of the Apes, Alien vs. Predator and Sons of Anarchy.[4][5]

Once expected to open in 2016, opening was delayed to 2019 reportedly due to the country's weak currency. However, in 2018, Fox Entertainment terminated their agreement with Genting. The Genting Group is still planning to open the park in the future[6] but the opening date is postponed while the operator is considering various options, including rebranding the park.

Lawsuit[edit]

On 26 November 2018, Genting Malaysia filed a billion-dollar lawsuit against Disney and Fox, accusing Fox of trying to back out of the deal for licensing the theme park. In the suit, Genting Malaysia alleges that Fox has taken steps to cancel the contract. The suit also names Disney as a defendant, contending that Disney executives were now "calling the shots" on the project, and that they are opposed to the park because they would have "no control" over its operations and that it would be adjacent to a casino, which would go against Disney's "family friendly" image.[7] Fox, in turn, referred to the suit as "without merit", stating that their reasons for withdrawing from the deal were due to Genting consistently not meeting "agreed-upon deadlines for several years" and that Genting's attempts to blame Disney for Fox's default were "made up".[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Disney & Fox Accused In $1.75B Suit Of Taking Theme Park Developer For A Ride". Deadline Hollywood. November 26, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "GENTING MALAYSIA BERHAD - RM5bn Integrated Tourism Plan Unveiled". klse.i3investor.com. December 18, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "Genting resort to get new theme park in $2b masterplan". stasiareport.com. December 18, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  4. ^ "Twentieth Century Fox theme park announced". edition.cnn.com. December 18, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  5. ^ "20th Century Fox Breaks Ground on Theme Park Business with First Resort in Malaysia". variety.com. December 17, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  6. ^ "Theme park plan still on, timing unclear: GEN Malaysia". GGRAsia. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  7. ^ "Disney, Fox sued in U.S. for $1 billion over Malaysia theme park". Reuters. Reuters. Retrieved November 27, 2018.

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