John Logan, Oscar-nominated screenwriter whose credits include working on James Bond pics sky fall and the dark shadow, said that Amazon acquires MGM, with its back catalog containing Bond films, makes him concerned for the future of the franchise.
to pen an opinion piece for new York Times, Logan wrote that upon hearing the news of the deal, “I got a chill”.
“After working as a writer” sky fall and the dark shadow, I know that Bond is not just another franchise, neither Marvel or DC; This is a family business that has been carefully nurtured and shepherded through changing times by the Broccoli/Wilson family,” Logan continued.
He suggests that, while Broccoli and Wilson own 50% of the Bond empire and assure ongoing artistic control, they anticipate it to be disrupted in the future. “What happens if a hurting corporation likes heroine starts demanding voice in the process? What about comradeship and quality control if there is an Amazonian overlord with analytics to make every decision? What happens when a focus group reports that they don’t like Bond drinking martinis? Or killing so many people? And that English accent is a bit isolated, so can we market to more Americans in the story? ” He said.
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Logan also warned that, if a corporation such as Amazon intervened artistically, it risked diminishing the quality of the franchise. “Everything goes down to the most anodyne and easily consumable version of itself. The film becomes an unflattering shadow of the thing, not the thing. There are no more rough edges or flights of cinematic madness, “They said.
He added that Amazon is ultimately “a global technology company” and “not necessarily a champion or patron of artistic creativity or original entertainment”. In the piece, he points to examples of projects he has worked on, including Sweeney Todd, The Aviator and the Gladiator, that he said would have been tarnished by such interference.
At the time of confirmation of the acquisition, Amazon said it is committed to releasing theatrically MGM Heading going forward.
“Please let 007 drink his martinis in peace. Don’t shake him, don’t stir him,” Logan concluded. You can do this read the full excerpt new York Times.
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