A cable network will have TV rights to the box-office juggernaut “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for the bargain price of $17.5 million, according to a report in the New York Post. The network is Starz.
“The premium channel, run by Chief Executive Chris Albrecht, has dibs on ‘The Force Awakens,’ the first installment in the rebooted franchise, under an exclusive pay-TV distribution deal with Disney that grants the rights to movies that appeared in theaters through the end of 2015,” the story reports.
The movie is expected to easily pass “Avatar” to become the highest-grossing theatrical release of all time. It has taken in more than $740 million in North America since it was released Dec. 18.