Report: New mega-merger on the horizon for Lionsgate as Amazon, Verizon and CBS-Viacom show interest

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Feb 1, 2018

Move over Disney and Fox, there’s a new merger in town. Well, possibly.

According to a new report from Deadline, several companies are currently eyeing movie studio Lionsgate for a potential takeover that would serve to rival the Mouse House.

Sources tell the site that with a possible CBS and Viacom merger on the horizon, Lionsgate is being considered as an acquisition, with companies Amazon and Verizon being part of the mix.

The news of Disney’s buy-up of 21st Century Fox – which was made official on December 14 – certainly sent genre fans into a tailspin about the endless possibilities of characters crossing over from one world to another, and now the same could be said for the movies of Lionsgate.

The studio certainly has some impressive content to play with, including blockbuster franchises such as Mission: Impossible, Transformers, the Divergent series, and, of course, The Hunger Games. It has also produced big sci-fi and action movies like Power Rangers (2017), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), and Dredd (2012). In addition to those titles, the studio has never been afraid to take chances when it comes to bold projects, like the Ethan Hawke vampire disaster flick Daybreakers (2009), the ambitious Ender’s Game (2013), and the cult classic Cube (1997).

What does this all mean in terms of combining content? It’s very early days, for sure. CBS has a strong track record when it comes to putting out sci-fi shows with the likes of Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, and then more recently Extant and Under The Dome. But we're already imagining a small-screen spin-off for Katniss Everdeen (please make it happen).

It’s not the first time that Lionsgate has been in this position either. The Hollywood Reporter notes that it was nearly bought by toy company Hasbro in 2017, but the two companies were unable to reach a price. THR also report that Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer has shown signs of diversifying the film and TV company by making a number of huge acquisitions himself. $5 billion has been spent so far, with $4.4 billion spent on acquiring Starz, $413 million for Summit Entertainment, $220 million for Artisan, $50 million for Trimark, and $27 million for Debmar-Mercury.

Ah yes, Summit. This, of course, throws the whole Twilight world into this feasible new shared universe too. Perhaps this calls for a petition to get Renesmee Cullen her own TV show?

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