Why Amazon Should’ve Invested in Originals Over Legacy Libraries

Why Amazon Should’ve Invested in Originals Over Legacy Libraries
When Amazon’s $8.45 billion deal was announced, outgoing honcho Jeff Bezos assured shareholders that the company was committed to “reimagining and developing the deep catalog of MGM.” Never mind that the library his company is purchasing is highly exploited, with a good many of its vintage titles, and even some new movies, already licensed to rival streamers like Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu and Paramount Plus.

I say forget more potential remakes, spinoffs and TV shows derived from the likes of MGM oldies such as “Legally Blonde,” “Pink Panther,” “Rocky” or any number of other aged franchises and classic TV shows — give me more original content! The excite­ment of such compelling new series as HBO’s “Mare of Easttown” and “The Undoing” or Oscar winners like “Minari” and “Nomadland” far outweighs what most retreads have to offer, in my opinion.

At breakfast last week, one of my journalist pals and
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