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While 2015 may have brought about a tepid return for James Bond to the big screen, it did have the potential to mean something more to the franchise. With the release of Spectre, it saw the conclusion of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s distribution contract with MGM and Eon Productions, both of whom control the destiny of the MI6 agent, James Bond.
Back in 2006, when Casino Royale hit theaters, the spy was under the distribution care and expertise of Sony, and with that contract officially ended, Bond is now a free agent. While on Sony’s watch, Bond has done pretty well for himself, taking in over $3.1 billion over the past four films (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre). This makes James Bond quite the hot commodity for MGM and Eon, and they are taking advantage.
According to TheWrap, there are five studios currently locked in an intense bidding war »
- Joseph Medina
While a bidding war is now underway to see which studio will distribute the next entry in the film franchise, some news that’s no less exciting has surfaced in the meantime. Granted, it’s taking place in a different medium entirely, but you have to admit that James Bond: Origin certainly has the potential to turn many heads.
Now, you may say this story has been told before, but technically, it hasn’t. Sure, various novels and movies have alluded to the super spy’s background – Skyfall leaving breadcrumbs concerning his parentage being a recent example – but there’s been nothing of great detail. It could be argued that the Casino Royale film released in 2006 served that purpose, but that more so picked up after he achieved Double-0 status, which actually differed a bit from the novel that, despite being Ian Fleming’s first entry in the series, read »
- Eric Joseph
Simon Brew Apr 21, 2017
The theatrical rights to the next James Bond film are up to date: and they may give a clue to Daniel Craig's intentions.
Times are changing in the world of James Bond movies. Ever since Daniel Craig took on the role for the first time with Casino Royale, the movies have been theatrically distributed by Sony, with 20th Century Fox then in charge of the home entertainment releases.
But the theatrical deal between Eon and Sony expired after 2015’s Spectre, and as plans are put together for whatever James Bond 25 turns out to be, there’s the small matter of who is going to distribute the movie.
The financial incentive to do so reportedly isn’t too great. In »
While fans are still wondering whether or not Daniel Craig will return as 007, the James Bond franchise faces another big change. Sony Pictures' distribution and marketing agreement with MGM and Eon Productions ended after the divisive 2015 film Spectre, with the rights now currently up for grabs. A new report claims that Sony is one of five studios who are vying to get the rights for one of the longest-running franchises of all time.
The New York Times reports that Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures is now in the running, with both Disney and Paramount bowing out of the proceedings. On Tuesday, Sony brought in CEO Kazuo Hirai to help with the studio's pitch, which emphasized their decade-long tradition of 007 movies. Their pitch was even made on a soundstage, on a set re-created from the very first James Bond movie, Dr. No, »
The race to land distribution rights for James Bond is beginning to heat up – and fast! – what with Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, and Annapurna all reportedly vying for the IP.
That’s according to a new report from The New York Times, revealing that MGM and Eon, the two companies currently in control of the film rights, are soliciting pitches from all parties – that’s including Sony, which held a deal for the previous four films in the spy series: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre. Nyt notes that this potential agreement would be for a one-picture contract, meaning it would only encompass the fabled Bond 25.
Putting the Daniel Craig saga to one side for the time being, the release of Spectre was always poised to instigate a sea change for 007, and when news broke that the film rights were about to revert back to »
- Michael Briers
Penna also co-wrote the script, which is about a man stranded in the Arctic who must decide whether to remain in his camp or embark on a deadly trek, according to Deadline. Arctic is being produced by Armory Films, Union Entertainment Group, and Pegasus Pictures, and will star Mads Mikkelsen, who also headlined NBC’s Hannibal series. Additionally, Mikkelsen has appeared in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Casino Royale, and The Hunt.
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- Geoff Weiss
Stranded in the Arctic, Mads Mikkelsen must fight to survive. Ticket sold! Admittedly, I'm an easy mark for anything involving Mads Mikkelsen, whose career I have happily followed ever since seeing him in Flickering Lights (2000). Others here at ScreenAnarchy go back even further, to his breakout role in Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher (1996), a lacerating, brutal movie in which Mikkelsen is something of a phenom. Even as he made more polished films like The Green Butchers and Adam's Apples, he started to catch the attention of Hollywood, leading to his international breakthrough in Casino Royale. In recent years, he made the diabolical TV show Hannibal and appeared in 2016 as a delicious villain in Doctor Strange and a heroic father in Rogue One. Next...
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Armory Films, Union Entertainment Group and Pegasus Pictures announced today that Mads Mikkelsen (Dr. Strange, Star Wars, The Hunt) is starring in the survival thriller Arctic, directed by Joe Penna. Co-written by Penna and Ryan Morrison, the film is being produced by Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros of Armory Films and Noah C Haeussner of Union, and is being executive produced by Martha De Laurentiis, Einar Thorsteinsson and Cassian Elwes. The film also marks the first re-teaming of Mikkelsen and De Laurentiis since NBC’s “Hannibal.” Production is currently underway, with Xyz Films handling international sales.
The story surrounds a man (Mikkelsen) stranded in the Arctic, who is finally about to receive his long awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost and he must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation. »
- Tom Stockman
Kayti Burt Apr 20, 2017
Fancy seeing Mads Mikkelsen trying to survive in the Arctic? You might just be in luck...
The premise? A man stranded in the Arctic is about to get his long-awaited rescue, only for the opportunity to slip through his fingers. With no rescue coming, the man must decide whether to remain at his camp or start off across the tundra in the hopes of something better. That man will be played by Mikkelsen.
It's nice to see Mikkelsen getting a less antagonistic role. After Casino Royale, the Danish actor tends to get cast as the bad guy (his performance in the extraordinary The Hunt shows just what he can do). Who knows if the man will make it out of the Arctic, »
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S.H.I.E.L.D. has many an uber-talented secret agent on its payroll, but the best of the bunch will always be Nick Fury. Whichever one of the various versions of the character you’re talking about, Fury is always at the top of the pile for a reason. In this new series, we follow Nick Fury Jr. – the African-American son of the original who was created to better tie in with Samuel L. Jackson’s portrayal on the big screen – as he gets assigned on globe-trotting missions of derring-do.
If you’re not already thinking of James Bond movies, then you will be as soon as you open this issue. Nick Fury #1 couldn’t be more of a homage to the Bond franchise if it tried. The storyline is borrowed wholesale from Casino Royale, »
- Christian Bone
The last time Hollywood writers walked out seeking a better deal, there were consequences for several tentpoles and would-be franchises.
Hollywood is facing the threat of another Writers’ Guild Strike, one which would immediately stop all writing and rewriting on guild signatory productions — essentially everything from the major studios. So far, negotiations have been contentious, with the WGA arguing that though the business has seen record profits, the average writer’s income has declined in this boom period. And yet, at the bargaining table, the AMPTP — who represent the producers — came offering not gains, but rollbacks. They basically asked the writers to accept less than their current contracts.
The total cost of what the writers are asking for is not particularly excessive. For instance, the cost to Disney would be $21.2 million a year — barely more than half of Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger’s $43.9 million salary last year. I don’t want to get too far »
- The Bitter Script Reader
Neil Calloway argues that the films being shown at Cannes mark a turning point in cinema…
Ten years ago Netflix were a cool little company that would mail you DVDs every month, even providing a little envelope so you could return Casino Royale before they sent you Pan’s Labyrinth. If someone had told you that in 2017 they’d be making movies, and making movies so well that they would be debuting at the Cannes Film Festival you’d probably laugh. The again, if they told you that the reality TV show host who shaved Vince McMahon’s head at that year’s WrestleMania would be the Us President, you’d think they were insane.
Now of course, it’s hard to imagine the entertainment scene without Netflix and Amazon as producers as well as suppliers. People who used to talk about the “Bric” (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries emerging »
- Neil Calloway
Tony Black on how Fast & Furious owes a debt to 80s and 90s action movies…
You may have avoided the Fast & Furious franchise. I did, for ages. To me it was nothing more than ‘car porn’, full of slick machismo, bad dialogue and poorer plot choices. 2008’s semi-reboot Fast & Furious began a steady change across the next decade which stands as one of the most remarkable in any franchise in blockbuster cinematic history – what started as a B-movie car film from a Z-grade director, taking a title from a little known 50’s B-picture, evolved into a blend of The Italian Job, James Bond, and every single 80’s & 90’s action film with a cheesy hero and a shit ton of explosions you can imagine.
- Tony Black
When the James Bond franchise was rebooted with Casino Royale, one of the best new additions was Jeffrey Wright’s version of Felix Leiter. He later returned in Quantum of Solace but unfortunately, was absent from both Skyfall and Spectre and as a result, the character’s future has remained unknown ever since.
Then again, we still have no clue at all in regards to what to expect from the twenty-fifth instalment of the James Bond franchise. Daniel Craig’s return is far from confirmed, and we’re also unsure of whether it will ultimately be Sony Pictures or Warner Bros. that acts as the distributor for the film. Now though, in an interesting turn of events, Wright has taken to Twitter to seemingly confirm that he could be about to make another appearance in the franchise.
Of course, given the actor’s increased profile following his Westworld stint, it »
- Josh Wilding
The mystery behind James Bond 25 is a bit more clear. There's a good chance Daniel Craig will be back at least one more time as MI6's main man. And now it looks like he will be getting some help from a familiar friend. Jeffrey Wright, who is the most recent actor to play CIA agent Felix Leiter in the James Bond franchise, seems to be teasing his return as the character in James Bond 25.
Jeffrey Wright, who many of you may recognize as Bernard from HBO's Westworld, occasionally throws up a fun, vague tease on social media. That is exactly what he, at least seemingly, did the other day when he posted a photo of himself as Felix from Quantum of Solace with a very simple but very effective caption. Assuming that he is indeed teasing his return in James Bond 25. Here is what he had to say on Instagram. »
While we still don’t officially have a 007 for the as-yet untitled Bond 25, it looks like a cast is indeed starting to assemble. Actor Jeffrey Wright (Westworld), whom you may remember played Felix “a friend from Langley” Leiter in Casino Royale, has just teased a possible return to the franchise. Okay, not that cryptic. We all see where this is going. Here is a not-so-cryptic tweet that Mr. Wright posted just a few hours ago…
Eh, who's that brother? #Bond https://t.co/lylhuk6bNc pic.twitter.com/NSSLv0Iri0
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) April 9, 2017
It’s exciting to see that Jeffrey Wright will be making a return to the franchise. He is an amazingly reliable actor in every film that he is part of, and was never given his »
- Jordan Jones
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In what will surely be the most entertaining class-action lawsuit filed this year, MGM Studios and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment must contend with a James Bond completist upset with the DVD box set she purchased.
In Washington, Mary Johnson is suing on behalf of herself and others similarly situated who bought the box set upon packaging that stated "All the Bond films gathered together for the first time" only to be disappointed by the absence of Casino Royale (1967) and Never Say Never Again (1983).
Those two films, of course, have a special place in Bond lore.
- Eriq Gardner
The CBC has a story up about executives at Paramount responding to the weak box office results of the new Scarlett Johansson movie Ghost In The Shell. Based on the insanely popular manga series, the film stars Scarlett as Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg counter-terrorisim operative.
The main controversy the film faced was the casting of Scarlett Johansson as the main character. Fans of the series argued that her casting was another case of Hollywood white washing, taking a character that should have gone to a minority actor and filling it with a white actor. The studio would argue that the actress in this case, Scarlett Johansson, is a much more bankable star and had the ability to get the film seen by many more people. Making a movie that would placate just the hardcore fans of the series would not make this a potential franchise. Kyle Davies from Paramount Pictures had this to say. »
- Tim Jousma
Let’s take a few minutes to reflect on what could have been.
After two years of speculation, it seems like the question of who will be the seventh actor to take on the iconic role in the long-running film series will have to go on the back burner. Last Monday, the New York Post gossip section published an article citing multiple sources that reported that current Bond actor Daniel Craig is in the final stages of negotiating a return to his most iconic role. If true, it would mark a pretty serious change of tune for Craig, who, in an oft quoted Time Out interview from October 2015, responded to the question of his returning to do another Bond movie thusly: “I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All »
- Ciara Wardlow
Daniel Craig Bond 25 news surface once again
Some Daniel Craig Bond 25 news, again. He was said to be done with the franchise following the release of Spectre, but it sounds like Daniel Craig may be up for at least one last adventure. We’ve speculated on his return for quite some time, but it looks like there’s a little traction following the success of Craig’s run on Broadway where he starred in a production of Othello, produced by Bond producer Barbara Broccoli. It sounds like Broccoli has “just about persuaded Daniel Craig to do one more Bond movie,” according sources over at Page Six.
“Daniel was very pleased with how ‘Othello’ went and the great reviews. Now Daniel’s talks with Barbara are going in the right direction. They have a script – screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade [who’ve penned several Bond movies] are writing and they’ll go into production as »
- Paul Heath
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