MGM has ended its partnership with Universal Pictures and has chosen Warner Bros. as the new studio to release its upcoming films internationally, except for the next James Bond film and a couple of others.
As reported by Variety, this new deal will cover all future movies from MGM, but Universal Pictures International will still handle the international rollout of the 26th James Bond film, Till, and Women Talking.
MGM’s agreement with Universal led to some big successes overseas, including House of Gucci’s $100 million, Licorice Pizza’s $15 million, and No Time to Die’s $613 million. Prior to working with Universal, MGM partnered with Sony Pictures International to distribute the first four 007 films starring Daniel Craig. Following Bond 26, Warner Bros. will help lead the spy charge.
The first two films that will be part of this deal will be Luca Guadagnin’s cannibal thriller Bones and All and Creed III, which are set to arrive in theaters on November 23, 2022, and March 3, 2023, respectively.
As for how this partnership will work, “MGM and Warner Bros. Picture Group will collaborate on marketing and advertising, publicity, film distribution and exhibitor relations on behalf of MGM’s future slate of theatrical releases outside North America (including China), with the team at Warners responsible for execution.”
This news comes at a busy time for Warner Bros. and Warner Bros. Discovery, the latter of which is dealing with the fallout of choosing not to release Batgirl, deciding how to handle Ezra Miller’s legal troubles, and much more.
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