Five Hollywood Studios are Fighting Over James Bond

Fighting Over Distribution Rights

The NY Times reports that five Hollywood studio giants are in contention for the James Bond distribution rights.

Sony Pictures four-film distribution deal with MGM and Eon Productions to distribute the franchise has expired after the release of Spectre and all of a sudden in the running to obtain James Bond are also Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and the newly launched Annapurna Pictures.

Additionally, the upcoming deal is reportedly for one movie only.

“MGM, which is owned by private equity firms, including Anchorage Capital Partners, probably wants to keep its options open as it considers a sale or public offering,” the report added.

The 25th James Bond adventure doesn’t have a release date yet, nor do we know if Daniel Craig will return one more time, although producers are hoping to get him back and the actor does have an opening in his schedule that would allow him to make the movie.