By switching to a more mature (some might say outrageous) streaming service, Disney+ customers in the US temporarily received not one, but two 20s.I Films from Century Studios titled “Hot Shots” and “Hot Shots: Part Two”. These films were removed from the platform a few days after they were added.
Hot Shots, starring the controversial Charlie Sheen, is a parody of 1991’s Top Gun. The PG-13-rated movie not only has bad visuals, but also has an F-word and “scatological language”. While violent scenes are not uncommon on Disney+, harsh language is rare.
Another unexpected and unusual title that was announced by mistake was the R-rated film Kiss of the Dragon, which will be released in Canada instead. In the film, Jet Li plays a Chinese intelligence agent who accompanies an American prostitute on a drug-fighting mission.
With new parental controls, the service now has the freedom to choose adult movies such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders. “I
In addition, they added “Free Guy”, “West Side Story” and “Blackish” among other content that was previously unsuitable for the five Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, National Geographic or Disney brands.
Pixar’s “Blushing” also received heavy backlash for giving the girl the experience of a young girl.
This is not unusual as the international brands Star and Star+ have “Die Hard”, “Only Murders in the Building”, “Dopesic”, as well as “The King’s Man” and “The Last Duel” with an R rating, but when- then the American brand was impeccable.
This all brings us to the question: Will Disney+ be the next Hulu? It’s hard to say, but it’s starting to become possible. Especially now that former Disney CEO Bob Iger is out of the picture and Bob Chapek is running the ship. The executives also indicated that horror and thriller content is also being considered for the family streaming service, which will be unheard of in 2020.
What’s next for Disney+? Will parents be willing to continue using the service even with stricter parental controls as we transition to adult content? And why doesn’t Disney+ just go to the extreme and team up with Hulu?
A conservative organization, the Parents Television and Media Council (PTC), has criticized these recent decisions and warned the company against adding adult content as it would “destroy your brand.” The group also noted that Disney+ bills itself as a “streaming service for the whole family.”
Chapek and Disney+ are determined to add more adult films, no matter what some concerned parents say. Whatever releases there are on the service, it will still be a big change.