NBC counts on ‘Bean’

NBC has bought the broadcast rights to Polygram’s offbeat feature “Bean” for north of $8 million.

NBC confirmed that it has purchased the film, which will air for the first time in 2000, but the network would not comment on price. The Peacock web’s window for the movie will begin after pay-per-view and an exclusive Showtime cable run. NBC’s window lasts four years.

“Bean,” directed by Mel Smith and starring Rowan Atkinson, has grossed $200 million in worldwide theatrical release. The film, about a wacky British museum guard who comes to the United States, was sought by several networks before going to NBC.

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