On Wednesday, Amazon and MGM announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire MGM for a purchase price of $8.45 billion. MGM owns the rights to film production of the James Bond franchise as well as popular series like Rocky, Legally Blonde, and Tomb Raider, and TV shows like The Handmaid's Tale and Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills. And now, Eon Productions' Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson, who produce the movies in the James Bond franchise told Variety that their latest movie will only debut in theatres.
Yes, you read that right! The James Bond movies will stay in movie theatres despite the Amazon.com acquisition of the MGM studio. 'We are committed to continuing to make James Bond films for the worldwide theatrical audience,' producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson said in a statement by Variety.
Taking about the deal, Barbara Broccoli and Wilson will have final say on the franchise's marketing and distribution plans, as well as splitting the profits with MGM and in selecting who will be the next person to portray James Bond whenever Daniel Craig steps away from the role. For the unversed, 'No Time To Die' will mark Daniel Craig's fifth and last appearance as James Bond. The film will be released in the US on October 8.
Apart from Daniel Craig, No Time To Die also stars Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes and Rory Kinnear. Fans are eagerly waiting for the movie.