Excellent! This means we're secured at least two more!
The future of the Bond franchise was uncertain for quite some there, due to the films' distributors, MGM, having serious financial problems, but luckily, the studio has officially closed a deal with Sony to distribute not only the upcoming, Sam Mendes-directed Bond 23, but the shoe-in follow-up, Bond 24!
According to the official press release from MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum:
“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.”
And Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal elaborate:
“In addition to working together on Bond, this deal expands our relationship with MGM as we explore co-financing opportunities on other high-profile projects. Gary and Roger are incredibly thoughtful and experienced leaders who are outstanding creative executives and respected moviemakers. While we are excited to be back in the Bond business, we also look forward to future collaborations and I am confident that this agreement will be long-term, lucrative, and beneficial to both studios. 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."
Phew! That was a little touch and go there for a while!
We're just happy that an agreement has been made, and we won't be missing out on any hawt Daniel Craig spy action!
His casting really re-vitalized the franchise, and we want to see as many movies with him in the role as possible! Especially one directed by Sam Mendes!
Now get along and secure the rest of the cast, guys! We want this one to be EPIC!
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