Got a little extra cash? According to an interview on Variety with new Sony chief Tom Rothman, the rights for the James Bond franchise are up for grabs after this November’s Spectre.
“The reality is that Sony’s had a fantastic run with the Bonds,” said Rothman. “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.”
Sony’s rights to co-produce the films alongside Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) run out after Spectre this coming November. The article posits the possibility that the friendship between MGM chief Gary Barber and Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara might give WB the edge. Sony has totally revamped the James Bond brand with Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, giving them a grittier feel and a more Bourne style of hero.
Spectre will hit theaters on November 6. We’ll keep you updated on all the news.