Poltergeist and Robocop up for Reboot in Amazon/MGM Merger

by | May 26, 2021

In a move that can only be measured next to Disney’s purchase of FOX in March of 2019, Amazon have positioned them selves into a major film studio thanks to a massive merger with MGM, that will see thousands of IP’s in the hands of the online giant. Amazon and MGM announced that Amazon purchased the film studio for “a purchase price of $8.45 billion” this morning. 

Amazon now hold the IP rights to film franchise such as James Bond, The Addams Family, The Pink Panther and Tomb Raider. But this is just the tip of the ice berg. For horror fans, it means that Amazon now own Child’s Play, Poltergeist, Robocop, Species and Silence of the Lambs.

Senior Vice President of Prime Video and Amazon Studios Mike Hopkins lauded MGM’s vast catalog of films and TV shows

“MGM has a vast catalog with more than 4,000 films—12 Angry Men, Basic Instinct, Creed, James Bond, Legally Blonde, Moonstruck, Poltergeist, Raging Bull, Robocop, Rocky, Silence of the Lambs, Stargate, Thelma & Louise, Tomb Raider, The Magnificent Seven, The Pink Panther, The Thomas Crown Affair, and many other icons—as well as 17,000 TV shows—including Fargo, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Vikings—that have collectively won more than 180 Academy Awards and 100 Emmys.”

He also added 

The real financial value behind this deal is the treasure trove of IP in the deep catalog that we plan to reimagine and develop together with MGM’s talented team. It’s very exciting and provides so many opportunities for high-quality storytelling.

In other words, expect to start hearing news on reboots of many of the films he listed and many more hidden away amongst the thousands of films. There are films such as The Hunger, Brainstorm, Leviathan, and Stigmata, to name but a few. All that could be easily up for new film versions, or TV adaptions.

Is it a good day or bad day in cinema…only time will tell.

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