What Happens to James Bond, ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ and Other MGM Films and TV Shows After Amazon Takeover

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Amazon’s $8.4 billion purchase of MGM will add over 5,000 movies and TV shows to Amazon Prime’s streaming catalog. But that doesn’t mean Amazon will become home to all of MGM hits like James Bond and “Handmaid’s Tale” all at once — or perhaps ever. Why? It’s complicated. MGM properties like the James Bond franchise, “Legally Blonde,” “Rocky/Creed,” “Pink Panther,” “Poltergeist,” “Silence of the Lambs” and “The Thomas Crown Affair” are all expected to stream on Amazon Prime when their current streaming deals expire. But other titles, like “Gone With the Wind” and “West Side Story,” are subject to previously negotiated deals. “Oz,” “GWTW,” “West Side Story” and thousands of films produced by MGM during its heyday in Hollywood’s Golden Age will be streaming on HBO Max by terms of a deal made by Ted Turner in 1986 to purchase rights to MGM’s entire catalog up to that point. That sale provided programming for the early days of TNT and TBS and later served as the launch pad for Turner Classic Movies. While Amazon will get a number of notable post-1986 MGM films and franchises — including 007, “RoboCop,” “Creed,” “Tomb Raider” and “Legally Blonde” — much of what makes...

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