It took Disney a long, long time to make decent R-rated movies. Well into the nineties. If you look at their Silver Screen Partners history, which is a list of mostly lousy movies, you can see why they were so desperate for Miramax back then.
But as Disney takes over Fox, well… Fox has basically been in a quality rut since Alien 4. Though Independence Day more kicked it off in 1996. It was a sign of things to come, whereas Die Hard 3 had been a sign of things gone. There were actually some good “Fox” not “Fox Searchlight” movies in 1996 (and some bad Fox Searchlight movies from that year).
I remember learning who Tom Rothman was back in the late nineties, early 2000s just because he was the terrible Fox guy who screwed up all their genre pictures. Fox made more and more genre pictures, they did them worse and worse (I make that observation as a–limited–AVP 1 apologist too).
But now the Mouse House is taking over and Disney’s been making solidly agreeable movies since… 2010? Earlier if you like Pirates of the Caribbean (which I’ve still yet to see). Will Disney save Die Hard .5/6? Will they say no to whatever dumb idea Ridley Scott’s got for the Alien franchise? Will they keep James Cameron happy? Does it matter if you keep James Cameron happy, given all his Avatar (also haven’t seen) audiences have aged considerably? Will Kevin Feige make a good Fantastic Four movie?
Maybe? Maybe not?
Until Disney announces their plan for Fox properties, it’s all in limbo. An imagined one. With a lot of potential, but… a lot of negative possibility too.