The Thirteen Lives of Ron Howard hits Amazon Prime sooner than expected – The Hollywood Reporter
Ron Howard’s next movie Thirteen Lives changes course as Amazon regains ownership of MGM.
The film – based on the harrowing, real-life tale of 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped in a flooded cave system in Thailand for 18 days in 2018 – was due to be released nationwide in theaters on November 18.
Now, Thirteen Lives will instead have a limited theatrical release before debuting relatively soon on Prime Video as part of their summer event movie strategy, sources confirm. Variety reported the news for the first time.
Colin Farrell and Viggo Mortensen play divers John Volanthen and Richard Stanton respectively in Thirteen Lives. The two men were part of the rescue mission which found the 13 people alive about 4 km from the mouth of the cave. Paul Gleeson, Tom Bateman, Joel Edgerton, and Craig Challen star as other members of the Risky Mission.
Between July 8 and July 10, all the boys were rescued from the cave. The rescue effort involved more than 10,000 people from around the world.
The theatrical plans of Thirteen Livesdirected by Howard from a screenplay by William Nicholson, were apparently disrupted when Amazon and its Prime Video recently closed their deal to take over MGM.
Shortly after, Michael De Luca, president of MGM’s film group, and Pam Abdy, president of MGM’s film group, told staff they were stepping down this summer.
“We believe that the exciting vision that Prime Video and Amazon Studios have for MGM and the organization [Amazon Studios and Prime Video senior vp] Mike Hopkins builds with [Amazon Studios chief] Jennifer Salke and her team will ensure the continued success of MGM,” the duo wrote in a memo to staff.
Together, De Luca and Abdy – alongside their joint distribution venture, United Artists – have brought MGM back to life over the past year, between the James Bond picture no time to dieby Paul Thomas Anderson Licorice Pizza and Ridley Scott Gucci House.
Now, it’s unclear what the plans are for MGM as a standalone studio.
Representatives for Howard did not immediately respond to a request for comment.