Who gets Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), the US film studio with the roaring lion? As reported by CNBC, six major streaming providers – Apple, Amazon, AT&T, Comcast, Disney and Netflix – are interested in the studio. MGM is facing bankruptcy. With the MGM catalog, the buyer would not only get classics like "Ben Hur" or the "Rocky" films, but also hold a very big asset: James Bond. MGM owns the rights to the popular film series. Can 007 switch from the big screen to the TV screen?
That says the 007 boss
According to "CNBC" Apple and Netflix have already spoken to MGM about a possible takeover. So far, Netflix, Apple and Amazon had been reluctant to take over large film studios. MGM is valued at around $ 10 billion, according to insiders.
In an interview with "Variety" 007 producer Barbara Broccoli (59) recently stated that James Bond should be on the big screen. But it did not completely rule out a future with a streaming service. "Our fans are the ones who dictate how they want to consume their entertainment. I don't think we can rule it out because it is the audience that will make these decisions, not us," said Broccoli.
The 25th film adventure by James Bond – at the same time the last one by Daniel Craig (51) – can be seen in the cinema as usual. "No time to die" starts in Germany on April 2, 2020.