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Rory Bruer is retiring as head of worldwide distribution at Sony Pictures after four decades at the studio.
Sony does not plan to directly replace him. Bruer, who has deep ties with theater owners, will segue into an advisory role at the studio. Adrian Smith and Steven O’Dell will handle domestic and international distribution, respectively. They will report directly to Josh Greenstein, president of worldwide marketing and distribution.
“Though I knew in my heart that the time was right to begin to pull back, it’s hard to let go of a place that has been a part of my life for so long — so when they asked me to stay on as an advisor, I jumped at the chance,” Bruer wrote in a letter to staff. “Not everybody gets to begin this next chapter on their own terms, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”
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- Brent Lang
For about a year and a half, we have all been in something of a holding pattern waiting to hear what is ultimately going to become of the next James Bond movie. Much of that hinges on whether or not Daniel Craig actually decides to return for one more movie but, if he does, some other people want back in on the action. Namely, Dave Bautista, who played the brooding henchman Mr. Hinx in Spectre.
The former wrestling star who has managed to transition into a pretty successful acting career is currently making the press rounds for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as he is returning as Drax for a second time. If he has things his way, he'd like to return for James Bond 25 as well. Speaking with Metro recently, Dave Bautista revealed that he definitely wants back in for the next installment, but that isn't really up to him. »
Author: Scott Davis
In amongst all of the summer movie madness that is slowly cranking up in the film world, many will soon the return of some of their favourite franchises whether it’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers, Alien, Planet of the Apes or the recently released Fast & Furious 8.
But one new sequel that has many question marks over it is the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Dead Men Tell No Tales, and while the previous few entries have been big hits they haven’t been received with as much positivity as the first adventure. Orlando Bloom, who starred in the first three films, is returning for part 5 as Will Turner and says where the sequels have disappointed, the new film will bring back much of the charm and adventure of the original.
- Scott Davis
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. »
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
A Hollywood bidding war began this week for distribution rights to “Bond 25,” led by Sony — which co-financed and released worldwide the last four Daniel Craig movies, grossing a franchise record close to $3.5 billion — and rival studios Warner Bros., Fox, Universal, and prestige indie Annapurna.
While that means Daniel Craig is closer to signing on for his fifth and final Bond appearance, one insider said the distribution decision will take months; that means we might have to wait until 2019 for “Bond 25.” And there’s still an A-list director to be signed, with the departure of Sam Mendes; contenders could include Kathryn Bigelow, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Denis Villeneuve, and Susanne Bier.
In terms of Bond bragging rights, distribution is more about prestige than profit, since the franchise is co-owned by MGM and Eon Productions (run by half-sibling producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli), which control 75% of the profits. »
- Bill Desowitz
Major studios - and a surprise name - are bidding for the next 007 film, according to reports.
Five studios are pitching for the rights to distribute the next James Bond film, according to a report in the New York Times.
Sources told the paper that Sony, Warner Bros, Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Annapurna Pictures have been making presentations to MGM and Eon Productions, who control the franchise. Disney and Paramount are reportedly not interested.
Sony distributed the last four films, but their deal finished with 2015’s Spectre. MGM and Eon are now only offering a one film contract.
The most intriguing name on the list of Bond suitors is Annapurna. Founded by Megan Ellison, they are renowned for prestige films such as Foxcatcher and Zero Dark Thirty, and have never distributed big budget franchise films before.
The company launched a full-service distribution and marketing operation this January, which will kick off with the inaugural release »
- email@example.com (Orlando Parfitt)
20th Century Fox has unveiled a new international poster for the highly-anticipated Alien: Covenant, which gives fans a better look at star Katherine Waterston as Daniels, who is seen leading her team on this dangerous alien planet. We can also see Michael Fassbender's David, Billy Crudup's Christopher Oram and other members of the team, as they explore what they think is a save haven, but is actually a terrifying and hostile planet.
Imp Awards debuted this international poster, which features the main image transposed on top the iconic Xenomorph head, although we recently learned that they have a new name in this movie. Michael Fassbender revealed in a recent interview that these deadly aliens are known as "Neomorphs" in Alien: Covenant, although no further details have been given at this time. Hopefully we'll learn much more about this sci-fi sequel in just a few days, though.
20th Century »
Louisa Mellor Apr 20, 2017
In Rory Kinnear’s first answer during our chat about his role in Sky Atlantic drama Guerrilla, he makes a wry joke at his own expense. He’s not a well-known actor, he says, and perhaps not one with “a particularly heroic face!” he laughs when we talk about the moral complexity of his roles. Give him an outright compliment and he deflects the praise elsewhere, onto writers and directors, John Logan for Penny Dreadful, John Ridley for Guerrilla. His role as Bill Tanner in the James Bond franchise is a “very, very small” part of an enormous machine, he stresses.
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
Dumbo: Michael Keaton (above in The Founder) is in negotiations to join Disney's new version of Dumbo as a villainous circus owner. If things work out, it would mark a reunion for Keaton with Danny DeVito and director Tim Burton; the trio last teamed on Batman Returns (below). Eva Green and Colin Farrell are also expected to star in the live-action movie. [Variety] My Favorite Thing Is Monsters: Sam Mendes, who most recently helmed the James Bond adventures Spectre and Skyfall (above with Judi Dench), is in early talks to direct My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. It's based on a graphic novel by Emil Ferris that is set in Chicago during the late 1960s and follows a 10-year-old girl who seeks to solve the murder of her neighbor, a Holocaust survivor. Monsters...
- Peter Martin
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
The million-dollar question of whether Daniel Craig will or won’t return as James Bond for the 25th entry in the long-running spy franchise continues to roll on, with Page Six reporting that producer Barbara Broccoli has “just about persuaded Daniel Craig to do one more Bond movie.”
This comes after Daniel Craig reportedly turned down a $150 million dollar paycheck for doing two more films. Assuming there is any truth to Page Six’s report, what this likely means is that the script – which has been written by Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade – has also convinced the picky actor to reconsider.
The article also goes on to claim that Craig’s rumoured successor Tom Hiddleston is viewed by Broccoli as “too smug and not tough enough to play James Bond.”
- Robert Kojder
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
The London Evening Standard is reporting that producers for Eon Productions have finally convinced Daniel Craig to take on the mantle of James Bond one more time. Apparently, Daniel Craig has been encouraged to talk with Barbara Broccoli after the success of his off-Broadway play Othello, which Barbara Broccoli helped produce. Daniel Craig had previously stated that he would rather "Slash his wrists" than work on another Bond movie again. Lrm has previously reported that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been working on the script for Bond 25.
If this turns out to be true, it is definitely welcome news. Daniel Craig has brought a gravitas to the Bond character that had only been scratched at with the previous actors taking on the role. James Bond, as presented in the original Ian Fleming novels, closely resembles the Bond that Daniel Craig has put on screen. With his amazing performance in Casino Royale, »
- Tim Jousma
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