Sony Re-Teaming with MGM to Co-Finance/Distribute James Bond 23
by Alex Billington
April 13, 2011
Briefly: I knew this would happen! Throughout all the proceedings surrounding MGM finally getting back on the right track, many kept wondering if another studio would end up winning rights to some of their big franchises like James Bond. Well, Sony Pictures, who distributed Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace to much success, has officially reached an agreement to "co-finance and theatrically market and distribute Bond 23 worldwide" in 2012, as well as Bond 24 after that. I really didn't expect Sony to give up this big franchise, plus its only getting better with Sam Mendes directing, and maybe Javier Bardem starring, next.
"After successfully working on the re-launch of the James Bond franchise with Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, we could not be more proud or privileged to continue our association with Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson, Daniel Craig, and the talented teams at EON and MGM," said Sony's Amy Pascal. "Sony Pictures is the ideal studio partner for us as MGM re-enters the filmmaking business. We have longstanding relationships with Michael and Amy and look forward to what promises to be a prosperous future together," said MGM's CEOs Gary Barber & Roger Birnbaum. The studios will also continue to "explore co-financing opportunities on future motion pictures." Bond 23 is currently scheduled to arrive November 9th, 2012.