Former Fox World Park Delayed to Late 2021

May 22, 2020, 11:36 AM · Remember the Fox World theme park that was supposed to open a couple of years ago at Resorts World Genting in Malaysia? The latest word on the park was that it was to open sometime this year, after its developer settled lawsuits with Disney and Fox which resulted from Fox pulling its IP licensing from the project. (Fox claimed that Genting Malaysia was late on deadlines. Genting Malaysia claimed that Fox's new owner Disney didn't want to be associated with a casino resort.)

The lawyers might have cleared the new theme park to proceed, but no legal action can stop a pandemic. A new report from financial analysts in Malaysia says that the park will be delayed once again, this time until the fourth quarter of 2021.

Genting Malaysia's financial report blames the delay on "travel restrictions, weak demand and slow pace of works during Covid-19."

The as-yet-unnamed outdoor theme park at Resorts World Genting will no longer be called "Fox World," under the terms of last year's settlement. But the park is cleared to use certain Fox IP franchises as themes for attractions in the park. Legal filings have not revealed specifically which Fox IP the park will be able to go ahead and use, but previous announcements for the park revealed attractions based upon Independence Day, Night at the Museum, Alien, Planet of the Apes, Titanic, Sons of Anarchy, Rio, and Ice Age.

Genting Malaysia's sister company Resorts World Singapore operates the Universal Studios Singapore theme park. For deep dive into the history of the Genting theme park, please see our post, Who will be the winners and losers in the Fox World dispute?

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