Amazon Studios has officially snagged the recently announced “Lord of the Rings” series, while MGM & Annapurna are nearing a deal to distribute the next James Bond film domestically.
Word is the streaming service paid upwards of $200 million for the small-screen take on the JR Tolkien series. Netflix reportedly offered half that.
At this stage, Peter Jackson – nor anyone else involved in the recent “LOTR” & “The Hobbit” series’ – are involved.
While MGM will (likely) market the 25th Bond film in the US, overseas rights are still up for grabs – with Universal, Warner Bros and Sony battling hard.
The new film, again starring Daniel Craig, will be released November 8, 2019.