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James Bond’s Future Distribution Rights Up in the Air?

October 30, 2015 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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With Spectre just about to open, the distribution rights of the James Bond franchise are about to go up in the air. The film, which releases on November 6th and is expected to open north of $80 million, is the last film in Sony Pictures Entertainment’s distribution deal with MGM and EON, who own the lucrative and long-running franchise, and as such 007 may find himself a new home.

According to Deadline, EON and MGM are waiting until Spectre plays worldwide to make a new deal for the series. Should SPE not be able to secure a new deal, the top contenders are Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount and Disney.

The possibility of Sony not managing to retain are considered to be more than minuscule; many studio executives believe that Sony gave up too much money in their last deal, and with a new chairman in charge they may not be able to make the same deal. There is also a belief that the Spectre script leaking during last year’s Sony hack may come into play.