The Disney Juggernaut has continued its relentless march to world domination today, with the purchase of another Hollywood giant.
Following the recent buy-outs of Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm, Disney has now taken on another famous property with the purchase of weirdo film-maker Tim Burton.
The acquisition was made for a reported $650m paid directly in cash to former owner Helena Bonham Carter, who had previously taken control of Burton in lieu of a traditional marriage in 2003, after deciding that marriage was not kooky enough to maintain the couple's oddball image.
Following the deal, we spoke to Disney exec Randy O'Neill. "We are so pleased to be bringing Tim Burton back to Disney after so long out in the cold, and we cannot wait to bring his trademark goth bizarreness into the Disney family. I'm personally not convinced by the 'C3-Pinocchi-O Scissorhands' crossover, but I was worried about turning that pirate ride into a movie and look how that turned out."
The deal is likely to bring a darker twist to Disney's output, and the company is already trying to tie in its new acquisition with another of their ventures by sequelising 'Finding Nemo' with a teen angst ridden follow up titled 'Finding Emo', in which Nemo endeavors to get away from his father who 'just doesn't get him'.
Disney biographer Jacob Blumenfeld has said the move is not out of character for the company; "Following on from the purchases of Marvel and Lucasfilm, Tim Burton was an obvious follow up. Like those companies, Burton has a large cult following, but has in recent years almost exclusively got by on reputation alone whilst churning out any old shit that has entered his head."
Miss Bonham Carter was unavailable for comment on the move, but sources close to her say that she will be using the money gained in the deal to build an umbrella museum staffed exclusively by midgets.