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The New York Times has an article about the on-going bidding between studios for the distribution rights to the next James Bond film, which has yet to go into production or even announce a start date. It also isn't known if Daniel Craig will reprise the role. Sony's long run contract with MGM and Eon Productions has run its course and the company is trying to nail down the distribution rights to the next Bond film- even though the Times reports that the payoff is rather low given the investments studios are expected to make. The Bond franchise is at its peak, thus ensuring that every new entry will reach some level of blockbuster status. To read click here. »
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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
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 spite of grossing over $800m worldwide, the actual profit to Sony’s coffers – once everyone »
Louisa Mellor Simon Brew Apr 21, 2017
It’s little secret that the last James Bond movie, Spectre, faced a bit of a rush to make it to the screen in time. As we detailed in this article here, Spectre didn’t start filming until ten months before it was due to be released, and director Sam Mendes only signed off his final cut a few days before the first press screening of the movie.
“The most fun thing about [making a Bond film] is seeing the sheer scale of operations. I remember 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 future of the James Bond series is basically one big question mark, mostly due to Daniel Craig’s constant waffling about whether or not he wants to do another movie. But there’s also the fact that Sony Pictures’ four-film deal with MGM and Eon Productions to distribute to James Bond series ended in 2015 after the release of Spectre. That means a different company may now have a chance to put its logo in front of the next James Bond movie, and The New York Times says that five different studios—Sony included—are currently fighting for that honor.
Actually, “fighting” may be a little overdramatic, as the New York Times piece says that MGM and Eon have been “attending dog and pony shows” from the hopeful studios, with Sony reportedly going so far as to make its case “inside a sound stage on a recreated set from ...
- Sam Barsanti
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Orlando Parfitt)
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.
Kinnear’s answers are self-edited so as never to give the impression of being—to borrow »
Warner Bros. has just revealed when fans can bring The Lego Batman Movie home with them. The animated hit will be available to purchase via Digital HD on May 19th before making its Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD release on June 13th. It will arrive in the UK on June 19th.
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- Ricky Church
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
Since Spectre (2015) hit our screens, lead man Daniel Craig showed clear signs of not wanting to step back into Q Branch for another outing, in fact he went as far to say: “I would rather slash my wrists.”
But news has now begun to circulate on an apparent return for Craig for one last outing as the British super spy. None other than Barbara Broccoli, one of the producers of the 007 franchise, has said she has ‘nearly persuaded’ Craig to hop into his Aston Martin and swill a martini or two for the new Bond film.
If Craig returns for Bond #27, then this will be his fifth turn as the popular character, and to be honest, I hope he does return. A lot of people didn’t like Spectre, I was not one of them.
If they are able to continue amalgamating the new, rougher style of Bond with some »
- Patrick Mclean
Till All Are One…
If you thought the series was set to be done after Transformers: The Last Knight, you’d be very wrong! Not only are we getting another sequel and a Bumblebee spin-off, it’s being reported that Paramount have another fourteen movies planned in the Transformers universe. Yes, fourteen. “There are 14 stories written and there’s good stuff,” said Micheal Bay, who has helmed every instalment in the series so far. “I would like to do one of them though… A Transformers spinoff.” Read more about that here.
Craig 4 Bond
It’s been a long-running story: will Daniel Craig return for another Bond movie following Spectre? Well, according to a rather dubious report, producer Barbara Broccoli has “just about persuaded” him to stay on. Take this one with a large pinch of salt for now. Read more about that here.
Some new images from Universal »
- Luke Owen
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
Daniel Craig has a love-hate relationship with James Bond. Recently the actor reiterated how much he loves playing 007, despite previous famous remarks indicating that he’d rather slash his wrists than consider starring in another James Bond movie while on the press tour for Spectre. Since then, there have been (false) rumors of Craig turning […]
The post Rumor: Daniel Craig Has Likely Been Persuaded to Return as James Bond appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Robert here! After Daniel Craig told reporters during his press tour for the latest James Bond film that he'd rather "break [a] glass and slash my wrists" than play the superspy again it was generally agreed upon that Spectre would be his last Bond outing. But before you put away your blue swimsuit in sorrow, rumors from sources connected to Barbara Broccoli who I've been assured is the producer of the Bond franchise and Not a character from a John Waters movie say that she is close to convincing Craig to do one more film as the debonair secret agent.
According to Page Six, the scribblings on a bathroom stall of news sources, Broccoli is on the verge of convincing Craig after she helped produce his off-Broadway Othello which was very well received »
- Robert Balkovich
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