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007 distribution rights – what’s next after SPECTRE?

June 3rd, 2015 by James Campbell Comments

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Sony has had a number of problems over the past several months. Ever since the leaks last Christmas, many have lost faith in the company. Through the E-Mails, it was clear that Sony were directionless with the Spider-Man franchise, and had horribly mishandled Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs project, which has since moved to Universal – and don’t even get us started on Ghostbusters!

With all of this being said, it seems that more bad news may be on the horizon for Sony. In a recent interview with variety, new Sony Pictures Chairman, Tom Rothman, made clear that after the release of Spectre, the rights to distribute the Bond franchise will no longer be Sony’s.

According to Variety’s article, MGM will approach Warner Bros to distribute the Bond films. This is based upon the close friendship between MGM’s Gary Barber and Warner Bros’ Kevin Tsujihara.

Sony has distributed the Bond franchise since Casino Royale in 2006 and has held this position through both Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.

It’s too early to tell how this will go, and many of these studio’s offers may be contingent upon the success of Spectre, which has already purportedly gone over budget. However, with all of this being said, it is good to know that 007 isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.

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My name is James and I am a long time fan of Movies, TV and Comics. I am currently a student, wrapping up my education at Aberystwyth University. I have an undergraduate degree in film and television and I’m working on my Masters in scriptwriting. My personal favourite comic character is the Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), and I view the film adaptation as one of the most horrifying experiences I have had in a movie theatre. As far as film and television go, I am usually willing to give any genre a try, as long as the project is well executed.

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