Credits: MGM / Universal.
MGM would not have intended to be patient with Dying can wait. The Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer production studio has reportedly sought to sell Agent 007's next film to SVOD platforms in order to avoid rescheduling its theatrical release. The American media Variety reports that before making the decision to reschedule Mourir can wait until spring 2021, MGM seems to have proposed to the streaming giants, in particular Netflix and Apple TV +, to resume its blockbuster for the modest sum of 600 million dollars . The idea is said to have come from Kevin Ulrich, CEO of Anchorage Capital Group, a multinational company owned by MGM. The sale would not have gone through in the end, preventing the film - initially for the month of last April - from being released before the end of 2020, mainly due to the exorbitant asking price. To ticomparison tre, released last July in streaming, USS Greyhound: Battle of the Atlantic starring Tom Hanks had been bought out - and therefore "saved" from movie theaters, sort of - by Apple TV + for "only" $ 70 million.
"The film is not for sale," MGM told the American press today. The film's release date has been pushed back to April 2021 to preserve the cinematic experience in theaters for viewers. If MGM therefore denies outright, the rumor of such a sale is not unfounded. Variety indicates that the film cost $ 250 million to produce and has already cost MGM between 30 and 50 million more since its initial postponement. The studio must therefore find a way to reimburse itself and make the most of this twenty-fifth opus of the cult saga. As for the montant offered to platforms, this would be linked to the many compensations that MGM would have been forced to issue if ever Netflix, for example, would have been satisfied with it. If the film does not hit theaters, the studio will have to reimburse the possible expenses of Universal, responsible for distributing the feature film internationally, but also the shortfall of sponsors such as Land Rover, the Omega watch brand. and Heineken. In addition, as Variety points out, the latter should even have given their agreements for the sale to take place. Paramount's sale of the movie Coming 2 America starring Eddie Murphy, which will be released on Amazon Prime Video in December, had to be validated by McDonald's and the whiskey brand Crown Royal. As a reminder, 007 James Bond: Dying Can Wait will be released in cinemas - unless there is a future counter-order - on March 31, 2021 in France.