“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. Sony Pictures is the ideal studio partner for us as MGM re-enters the filmmaking business.” announced MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum in statement today.
“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,” said Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton “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 Sony Co-Chairman Amy Pascal.
Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace, the first in the rebooted series starring Daniel Craig, set records for box office grosses with $599 million and $577 respectively (surprising considering QOS was widely regarded to be a flop in the face of the writers’ strike). So come November 9th, we’ll get to see what Sam Mendes can do behind the camera. I’ve packed my skin-tight blue Speedos already.