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Amazon Acquire MGM – And ‘BOND’

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Amazon has acquired MGM for $8.45 billion. And one of the major franchises impacted is James Bond.

Commentators have been worried that the deal might have a negative impact on the films, with some wondering if new Bond movies will go straight to Amazon Prime.

EON Productions, Barbara Broccoli and step-brother Michael G. Wilson released a statement to Variety when news of the deal broke.

“We are committed to continuing to make James Bond films for the worldwide theatrical audience”

So, if EON maintains their historically negotiated control over the franchise, including casting and distribution, it would seem that future Bond movies will still debut in cinemas.

Many fans will be delighted as the security of the acquisition after many years of MGM turmoil might mean regular releases for new Bond. Yet Amazon’s statement on how they value the IPs, as reported by CNN, contains a phrase that some may interpret as worrying:

“The acquisitions thesis here is really very simple: MGM has a vast, deep catalog of much beloved intellectual property,” Bezos said, “and with the talented people at MGM and the talented people at Amazon Studios, we can reimagine and develop that IP for the 21st century.”

Will this “reimagining” apply to Bond, and will that, alongside potential expansion for spin-offs, lead to dilution of content or reduction in quality?

It’s early days yet, but Amazon’s new purchase could provide exciting opportunities for the 60-year old iconic spy franchise.

Where could the franchise go with any future expansion? Read our suggestions in SHOULD EON CONSIDER A BONDVERSE?

The 25th Bond movie, and Daniel Craig’s last, NO TIME TO DIE, will be released in cinemas on 30 September 2021.

Source | Variety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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