N.Y. Times guys Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes are reporting that the AMC (i.e., “all movies compromised”) theatrical chain “is in talks to sell the company or a significant stake in it to the Wanda Group, one of China’s largest theater owners, according to people briefed on the discussions.
“If completed, the deal will begin a new phase in China’s push into the global film industry by sharply increasing its leverage with Hollywood and creating the first theater chain to have a commanding presence in the world’s two largest movie markets.”
There’s only one question if this deal happens. Will the Wanda guys make a sincere and significant commitment to delivering better light and sound levels in AMC theatres, or won’t they? That’s the whole thing. Because if not, forget it. My understanding and experience is that AMC theatres are very catch-as-catch-can as far as quality projection is concerned.