Freshly installed Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman has spoken candidly to Variety this week about the battle over the distribution rights to the James Bond franchise.
It turns out the studio’s deal to co-produce the films alongside MGM runs out after this November’s “Spectre,” and after that they’ll have to bid for the rights to keep doing so. Rothman says:
“The reality is that Sony’s had a fantastic run with the Bonds. Sure we’re going to compete for [the rights], but let’s be honest, so is everybody in the business. This Bond is going to be great and hopefully we’ll do as good a job as we did on the last one. Skyfall’s box office was by far and away the highest that any Bond had ever done.”
The article also indicates that a friendship between MGM chief Gary Barber and Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara has give Warners the inside track to land the franchise once the Sony deals wraps. If Sony does lose it, they will lose arguably their most profitable franchise aside from the “Spider-Man” film series.