It's been a long time coming, but the wait is almost over.
Genting has announced that it's new outdoor theme park will be opening in the second quarter of 2021.
The Edge Property reported that the opening of the theme park, which is now called Genting SkyWorlds, has been delayed by a year due to the Movement Control Order (MCO).
The MCO and COVID-19 pandemic also made the travels of foreign consultants and experts working on the theme park impossible, contributing to the delay in the opening of the theme park.
According to the report, the Q2 2021 opening date is slightly earlier than the analysts-predicted opening date of Q3 2021.
What can we expect from the theme park
As you can guess by the new name Genting has given to the upcoming theme park, it will no longer carry the '20th Century Fox' branding.
However, if you're a fan of movies like 'Minions' and 'Planet Of The Apes', there is some sort of good news for you.
Although Genting dropped 20th Century Fox from the name of the new theme park, visitors can still expect to see attractions based on some of the film stodio's movies, as well as other "international class" movies.
But we will have to wait and see what these movies are.
Cursed with issues after issues
The journey to completing the theme park, which was announced back in 2013, has been a very hard one.
It was supposed to be the only functioning 20th Century Fox theme park in the world and the first in Asia, but in 2018, Fox Entertainment terminated their agreement with Genting when Disney bought over the entertainment company.
Genting then filed a USD1.75 billion (RM7.49 billion) lawsuit against Disney and Fox for trying to back out of the deal.
In January 2019, Fox filed a USD46 million (RM196 million) countersuit against Genting, blaming the resort for the deal falling through.
After going to court for almost a year, Genting and Fox finally came to an agreement, and as part of their new deal, Genting would be given “a license to use certain Fox intellectual properties”.
We're glad that Genting and the film studios settled their dispute. Now, we can finally have an awesome (we hope) theme park right here in Malaysia and won't have to travel to our neighbouring country.