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MGM Partners with Sony on Releasing James Bond 23 Worldwide

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 13, 2011 at 11:15AM

As expected, MGM has closed a worldwide distribution deal with Sony (which released Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) for Sam Mendes' Bond 23, starring Daniel Craig as 007. Sony will also co-finance the film.
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As expected, MGM has closed a worldwide distribution deal with Sony (which released Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) for Sam Mendes' Bond 23, starring Daniel Craig as 007. Sony will also co-finance the film.

Making the deal for streamlined MGM, fresh out of bankruptcy, were new co-chairmen and CEOs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, who pacted with Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal. Sony will release Bond 23 on November 9, 2012 around the world, except for select territories where MGM will oversee the release. The two companies expect to do the same for Bond 24.

MGM had enough leverage with this deal--Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace grossed $599 million and $577 million worldwide, respectively-- to also add Sony co-financing for other, future films over a five-year term.

In recent years the two studios also collaborated on 21, Yours, Mine and Ours, The Pink Panther and Kevin James' upcoming comedy Zookeeper.

Happy to be back in the Bond business after waiting for MGM to emerge from bankruptcy is UK-based EON Productions, owned by the Broccoli/Wilson family, who own the James Bond copyright and merchandising through their US affiliate Danjaq. Bond is the longest-running franchise ever, with twenty-two films produced since 1962. Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli took over the franchise from Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli in 1995.

This article is related to: In Production, Studios, Headliners, Genres, Franchises, Action, Sequel, MGM/UA, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.