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Sony may lose James Bond distribution rights following release of Spectre

on June 02, 2015, 1:55pm

Trouble continues to loom large for Sony. Following the release of this November’s Spectre, the James Bond franchise will be available to the highest bidder. That’s certainly a sobering piece of news that ought to leave studio chief Tom Rothman a little shaken if not stirred, if you catch our cheap pun.

As Variety reports, Sony’s deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to co-finance and distribute the adventures of the infamous 007 expires in November. What’s worse, there is “speculation that the close relationship between MGM chief Gary Barber and Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara” might indicate where things are heading towards in the future.

“The reality is that Sony’s had a fantastic run with the Bonds,” Rothman tells the publication. “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.”

His practicality also comes with one hell of a poker face. “We have more than survived,” Rothman announced at CinemaCon last April. “We have thrived.” Some might argue otherwise given that Sony’s currently ranked seventh amidst its competitors and their summer slate of films includes last weekend’s disastrous Aloha and the rocky Adam Sandler’s Pixels.

However, Rothman has proven quite formidable over the years, especially for his work over at Fox. It would appear that charisma has carried over to Sony, as he’s been busy snatching up intriguing new properties to join Spider-Man, Jump Street, and Men in Black, the likes of which include the recent acquisition of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower.

Still, you don’t want to lose Mr. Bond.

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