Amazon is currently in talks to acquire the film studio MGM and its entire James Bond library in a deal that is reportedly worth just under $10 billion.
Deadline is reporting that there have been weeks of talks between Amazon and the Hollywood studio that included sales presentations. However, the outlet has stated that MGM has declined to comment on the report, and Amazon did not respond.
If Amazon were to acquire MGM, the company would gain a stacked film library that includes 177 Oscar wins, 12 Best Picture winners, the entire James Bond franchise (the rights to James Bond are still owned by EON Productions), and the Rocky and Creed movies. Amazon would also acquire Emmy-winning series such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Fargo and Survivor as well as the pay cable network Epix.
MGM’s upcoming slate includes the Ridley Scott-directed House of Gucci movie that has Lady Gaga playing convicted murderer Patrizia Reggiano, in a film that also stars Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Al Pacino, Jack Huston, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Irons and Reeve Carney. MGM has also recently picked up Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, the Ron Howard-directed Thai Cave rescue film Thirteen Lives, a Pink Panther reboot and the Michael B. Jordan-directed Creed III.
Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
No Time To Die stars Daniel Craig (James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Rory Kinnear (Tanner), Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), Ben Whishaw (Q), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter) and Christoph Waltz (Blofeld), while new additions include Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel), Billy Magnussen (Velvet Buzzsaw), Dali Benssalah (A Faithful Man) and David Dencik (Top of the Lake).