Agree.Looks like Bond isn't for sale, perhaps MGM have pulled back from the abyss. Streaming would have done incalculable damage to the series and the industry.
Hmmm ..... I haven't thought of it that way.They do- the experience of seeing a movie with an audience. I don't care if someone is a billionaire and has an IMAX theater built in their home, a comedy isn't as funny if you're not watching it with a laughing crowd, an action movie isn't as exciting if you're not watching with a cheering crowd and a horror movie isn't scary if you're not watching it with a scared crowd. Now that doesn't undermine your very valid point that theaters need to place some of the blame on themselves but the magic of seeing a movie in a theater is still there and I hope it stays forever.
A sign of problems will be if MGM ends up lowering the going price from $600 million, if the current climate continues.It’s not really a matter of the experience being better; it’s just the practical reality that the longer this goes on, the more difficult it is to hold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of investment on a shelf with only the hope that one day its releasable.
MGM wanted $600 million for this apparently, which is what you’d expect their cut of the grosses to be if the film made over a billion dollars at the box office. And that’s a big if. Certainly it was worth doing due diligence to see if anyone was willing to pay that right now.
(On a tangent).In complete agreement that there is nothing like an audience to make the movie-watching experience better
And how many millions are they spending each time they start promoting before they end up delaying? The closer it got to November I thought for sure it was going to be delayed again, but then they released another trailer and poster images and who knows what else they got going to start promotion again. That gave me hope that maybe November would happen, but then shortly after the delay was announced. I just assumed that was more money they lost on promotion they’re just gonna have to spend again whenever it does come out. Not to mention whatever wasted promotion money they spent earlier in the year when it was scheduled for April.It’s not really a matter of the experience being better; it’s just the practical reality that the longer this goes on, the more difficult it is to hold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of investment on a shelf with only the hope that one day its releasable.
There has been a precedent of the Bond production pipeline being very protracted: the six years between License To Kill (1989) to Goldeneye (1995).In the case of Bond, it’s not just the investment from the studio that needs to be protected but also the production pipeline on the franchise. This is Craig’s last but almost certainly not the last Bond film. They’ve got to recast. They’ve got to make a new film and relaunch. And they can’t even begin that process until this film is out and has exhausted its first run, whether it be on streaming or in theaters.
I think this is the key quote from this ^ article:
I am very much looking forward to seeing this film whenever it is safe to do that. However, if she refuses to go to a streamer, the wait could be a very long time. Italy and Germany just closed theaters again. France could be next. The rate of cases in the United States is out of control. If this actually does open in April, which seems unlikely to me, I'm not going.by going to a streamer there could be a brand hit in her eyes, according to one insider. “It’s a dip into a pool you won’t be able to get out of,” says the source.