Apple and Amazon have joined the film rights race to the James Bond franchise, competing with main frontrunner Warner Bros. Pictures, and are willing to just as much on Bond as anyone else.
The two tech giants are unlikely competitors to gain main distribution rights to the megafranchise, but with the rise of Amazon Studios making lucrative film deals, and two Sony Pictures Television executives joining Apple this year, their draw in the race may have good odds.
The James Bond film rights were previously held by Sony Pictures since 2006’s Casino Royale, but expired in 2015 after Spectre. MGM are looking for a new distributor to take the long-running character into a mass-marketing space like the franchises of Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm, as “Bond feels really underdeveloped” against those examples, according to a source.
THR’s sources also state that taking James Bond beyond theatrical films is not happening, with Eon producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson remaining traditional in only producing Bond movies.
Even if Apple and Amazon walk away without gaining the Bond film rights, this does prove to Hollywood that the two companies are willing and hungry to make a huge dent in the industry.
The next Bond outing, the yet-untitled Bond 25 will star Daniel Craig in his last outing as 007 and is set for release on Nov. 8, 2019. No director is currently set for Bond 25 but the frontrunners are still narrowed down to Yann Demange, director of 2014’s ’71, and Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 helmer Denis Villeneuve.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Top 25 ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Episodes
If you’re looking for one of the (if not the) greatest animated shows of all-time, look no further than Batman: The Animated Series. The show that began the DC Animated Universe (DCAU) premiered in 1992 and spawned over a hundred episodes, plus Superman and Justice League series, among others. It gave Batman and Joker voices of a generation in Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill. In my estimation, it easily surpasses the films as second only to the comics in the Batman legend.
After a holiday re-watch, I ranked the 25 best episodes from both iterations of the series, which ran from 1992 to 1994 and from 1997 to 1999, respectively. A * denotes an episode that is part of The New Batman Adventures, which were produced three years after The Animated Series concluded.
Honorable Mentions: “Second Chance,” “P.O.V.,” “Mad as a Hatter,” “Heart of Steel two-parter” & “His Silicon Soul”, “Birds of a Feather,” “Mudslide,” “Eternal Youth,” “Dreams in Darkness”
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