They paid what? Channing Tatum, David Leitch, Simon Kinberg Score Huge Deals With Amazon For Spy Thriller ‘Red Shirt’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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With its expensive acquisition of the spy package The red shirtan exciting spy package with bold names like Channing Tatum, David Leitch, and Simon Kinberg, Amazon has shown it’s willing to shell out the big bucks in no time. An era when broadcast giants and major studios were rethinking their film strategies.

The studio has shelled out more than $50 million to the main creative talent for an original thriller that has Tatum attached to star, Leitch attached to write and Kinberg attached. The three produce via their own banners, Free Association, 87North, and Genre Films.

According to multiple sources, the deal calls for Tatum to be paid $25 million, and Leitch $18 million, with Kinberg getting $8 million for his services. The fees, which include rendering of services, are one of the highest, if not the highest, in Hollywood deal-making history for the original show, with Kinberg becoming one of the highest-paid screenwriters. His writing deal is said to be $6 million. The figures include the acquisition broadcasters pay to replace any potential background lost due to a lack of theatrical performance. The deal also has a potential theatrical component.

The CAA, representatives for Tatum, Leach and Kinberg, had no comment. Amazon also had no comment.

The deal had various permutations and could have gone a number of different ways. shirt In the week before Thanksgiving with expectations of a fire in the business affairs departments of companies. It was just fine: Tatum proved his star quality this year with two pandemic-era theatrical hits, MGM’s dog and Paramount lost city d; Leach is one of the most sought after action directors currently working in Hollywood. And Kinberg will return to the genre with which he began his writing career Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

But the eyeballs quickly began to appear. The price of any deal will be astronomical, whether you go to a broadcaster or a studio. Some studios bid, even getting creative to make the numbers work. A studio offered a theatrical commitment but only if there was a lower price point. There was a request for a 45-day theatrical commitment from the studios. Tatum was offered a lower fee but the upside back like 50 percent of the pot if the movie eventually became a hit.

Then some studios started to pull out. According to one person even Netflix pulled out fairly quickly it was a sober assessment of the market given that the company has been pushing the boundaries of budgets and pushing talent in the past couple of years with movies like red notice And the gray man, which last had a budget of over $250 million. However, another source said the streamer stopped him near the end.

On Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, Tatum made the decision to go to Amazon, and take Streamer’s guaranteed advance cash. It was indeed a happy day for the trio and their teams.

The deal shows Amazon as an aggressive player for what it sees as top talent and is another sign that the company is preparing to push content. Last week, she announced a four-picture movie deal with Tyler Perry and landed a mini-series that will see Scarlett Johansson transition into television work for the first time.

In addition, Tatum is represented by law firm Hansen Jacobson, Leach is also represented by Johnson Shapiro, and Kinberg is represented by Jackaway Austin.


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