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Rights to the James Bond franchise could shift from Sony to Warner Bros

06.02.2015

After a spectacular run of profitable 007 movies, this year's SPECTRE could mark the end of the distribution relationship between MGM and Sony Pictures. According to Variety, the multi-picture deal between the two studios that has seen the release of the rebooted Daniel Craig films including CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, and SKYFALL will expire after the release of SPECTRE. While the high grosses from the three films and the expected success of the fourth mean this is a lucrative deal for Sony, MGM would be remiss if they didn't explore other studios willing to broker a more profitable deal.

According to the story, MGM chief Gary Barber and Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara have a strong relationship and could see them partner on the new Bond contract. Warner Bros has distributed several recent MGM films such as Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT, HOT PURSUIT, and the ROCKY spin-off CREED. It is not a sure thing as every studio will be vying for the deal, including Sony.

It could count against Sony that SPECTRE was embroiled in the hacked email scandal last year that revealed several issues between the producers of the film and Sony's then head Amy Pascal. While it is a new day at the studio, those emails could lead to bad blood in the renegotiaton of a new deal with MGM. Whether that matters or not, a new deal concerning Bond's future will mean good news for movie fans as it will cement more 007 pictures going into the future.

SPECTRE is slated for release on November 6th.

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Source: Variety

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9:28AM on 06/03/2015
At any studio, The Broccolis would still be in charge of everything concerning James Bond so I don't see the difference.
At any studio, The Broccolis would still be in charge of everything concerning James Bond so I don't see the difference.
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9:20PM on 06/02/2015
Perhaps the stars are aligning for Christopher Nolan to direct a Bond film? He has a widely known affinity for the franchise, and I read somewhere that he has talked multiple times to the producers - even as of this past November. I hope he does.
Perhaps the stars are aligning for Christopher Nolan to direct a Bond film? He has a widely known affinity for the franchise, and I read somewhere that he has talked multiple times to the producers - even as of this past November. I hope he does.
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4:59PM on 06/02/2015

Could Clint direct the next Bond?

Even though this isn't official and the next Bond film after Spectre is 2-3 years away. Could there be an outside chance of Eastwood directing a Bond film given his history and relationship with Warner Bros?
Even though this isn't official and the next Bond film after Spectre is 2-3 years away. Could there be an outside chance of Eastwood directing a Bond film given his history and relationship with Warner Bros?
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5:30PM on 06/02/2015
No.
No.
5:46PM on 06/02/2015
You spelled Christopher Nolan wrong.
You spelled Christopher Nolan wrong.
3:06PM on 06/02/2015
Barbara Broccoli will still be producing, it's the family business for her. She'll keep the franchise on the great course it's currently on. I wouldn't expect any noticeable changes outside of a new logo appearing in front of the films.
Barbara Broccoli will still be producing, it's the family business for her. She'll keep the franchise on the great course it's currently on. I wouldn't expect any noticeable changes outside of a new logo appearing in front of the films.
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2:52PM on 06/02/2015
Hopefully this means recasting Bond.
Hopefully this means recasting Bond.
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3:12PM on 06/02/2015
Thumbing down a comment has never felt so good.
Thumbing down a comment has never felt so good.
4:06PM on 06/02/2015
down thumb is my good deed for the day.
down thumb is my good deed for the day.
4:08PM on 06/02/2015
Just like the other two, I'm proud of my thumb down.
Just like the other two, I'm proud of my thumb down.
4:20PM on 06/02/2015
Piling on.
Piling on.
4:21PM on 06/02/2015
Are you sensing a pattern yet?
Are you sensing a pattern yet?
6:18PM on 06/02/2015
Think he'll learn?
Think he'll learn?
6:25PM on 06/03/2015
What an ass.
What an ass.
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2:51PM on 06/02/2015
Considering all his major studio films have at least been in part distributed by Warner Bros., if this goes through I wonder if we could see Christopher Nolan helmed Bond in the future?
Considering all his major studio films have at least been in part distributed by Warner Bros., if this goes through I wonder if we could see Christopher Nolan helmed Bond in the future?
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