Official : Sony to distribute Bond 23

edited April 2011 in Skyfall Posts: 638

LOS ANGELES, CA., April 13, 2011 - Sony Pictures Entertainment will remain in the James Bond business after reaching an agreement with MGM to co-finance and theatrically market and distribute Bond 23 worldwide, it was announced today by MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal. Sony will release the next film in this iconic franchise on November 9, 2012 throughout the world except for select International territories, where MGM will directly oversee distribution.

Sony Pictures and MGM look forward to Sony Pictures co-financing and distributing Bond 24 on a similar basis.

Additionally, MGM and Sony Pictures have agreed to explore co-financing opportunities on future motion pictures produced by each of the respective studios for the next five years.

The two studios have collaborated directly and indirectly in recent years on numerous films, including Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, 21, Yours, Mine and Ours, The Pink Panther, and the forthcoming Kevin James comedy Zookeeper.

The announcement of the agreement to distribute Bond 23 adds another high-profile title to Sony’s 2012 slate, which also includes Men in Black 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man, as well as I Hate You, Dad, starring Adam Sandler, Here Comes the Boom, starring Kevin James, 21 Jump Street, Resident Evil 5 and Total Recall.

“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 Barber and Birnbaum.

“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,” Lynton said. “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,” said Pascal.

When Sony released Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, the films had record-high grosses for the Bond franchise, with Casino Royale taking in $599 million in worldwide ticket sales and Quantum of Solace generating $577 million.


  • Posts: 212
    Very good news. The pairing of Sony and EON has worked very well for the past two films, so it's great to see that they are going to continue working together.
  • zebrafishzebrafish <°)))< in Octopussy's garden in the shade
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    Bring it on!
  • saunderssaunders Living in a world of avarice and deceit
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    Sony's promotional work for CR and QOS was superb and they certainly deserve a chance to continue their collaboration with EON, as M would say "The right people have kept their jobs".
  • It's true that Sony really promoted the hell out of CR and QoS... I'm just not looking forward to more product placement from them in the series. -_-
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    Quoting ShakenNotStirred: It's true that Sony really promoted the hell out of CR and QoS... I'm just not
    looking forward to more product placement from them in the series. -_-
    Right, the worst thing about CR was the damn Sony Erikson!
  • Samuel001Samuel001 Moderator
    edited April 2011 Posts: 13,343
    More no special features DVD releases and product placement in the films - yay! X(

    Still, Sony will do a good job with Bond 23 and Bond 24 promotion wise, so EON must be really pleased.

    Bring on the real news then!
  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
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    How many trailers will we have to sit through before reaching the DVD menu this time 'round?
  • St_GeorgeSt_George Shuttling Drax's lovelies to the space doughnut - happy 40th, MR!
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    Business as usual then? Sounds like it. Sony and MGM/ Eon clearly worked smoothly together as distribution partners for the last two, so roll on Bond 23, say I... :)
  • AgentJamesBond007AgentJamesBond007 Vesper’s grave
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    This is exciting news! Sony and MGM have done great together on the Daniel Craig films. Sony has done great promotion on CR and QOS, but they don't have great special features on the DVD/Blu-Ray releases
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  • While it all but guarantees an excessive amount of product placement, I'm pretty happy with this deal. No point in fixing what isn't broken.
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    Clearly this is a good thing for EON. I had always been under the impression that working conditions between EON and MGM (once they bought UA in 83) had been somewhat tepid. It looks like they worked well with Sony and that is where BB and MGW want to be.
  • Samuel001Samuel001 Moderator
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    This should, or could at least, mean the next two films will be bam, bam and come out in 2012 and 2014 which would be very good indeed.
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