The show’s called 007. 007’s Road to a Million.
Amazon’s Prime Video has given the go-ahead for its first TV drama based on the famed British spy in a Bond-style take on a race around the world, according to Variety. The project has been in the works long before the tech giant finalized its $8.5 billion acquisition of Hollywood studio MGM last week. Variety reports the project sits separately to any shows that are yet to come out of the pact.
“MGM has a nearly century-long legacy of producing exceptional entertainment, and we share their commitment to delivering a broad slate of original films and television shows to a global audience,” said Mike Hopkins, svp of Prime Video and Amazon Studios, in a statement. “We welcome MGM employees, creators and talent to Prime Video and Amazon Studios, and we look forward to working together to create even more opportunities to deliver quality storytelling to our customers.”
As part of the acquisition, Amazon gains co-ownerhip of the James Bond brand after Sony’s distribution deal expired following 2015’s Spectre. Due to Covid-19, the latest film in the franchise, No Time to Die, was originally scheduled to be released in 2020 but was pushed back three times to October 2021.
The show will be produced by longtime Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, who oversee the franchise, alongside MGM Television and Britain’s 72 Films.
Variety reports production on 007’s Road to a Million will begin later this year, and the new show will premiere on Prime Video in over 240 countries and territories. Casting is now taking place, and hopefuls are encouraged to send in their applications.
Contestants will compete in a global journey for a £1 million ($1.3 million) cash prize on the show, testing their knowledge and endurance. To proceed to the next round, the two-person teams must properly answer questions buried in various locations throughout the world, which include many of historic sites featured in the seminal Bond flicks.