According to a recent report by The Hollywood Reporter, Bond 23’s distributor may end up being Paramount Pictures. This was first mentioned as one possibility here on CBn back in September. Also in the running is Columbia Pictures (Sony) who released the last two Bond films. The report states that Sony is on good terms with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, but the family has also apparently approved of Paramount as a prospective distributor. Paramount also has a good relationship with MGM CEO’s Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum having teamed up with them in the past on a number of Spyglass Entertainment’s films including 2009’s Star Trek.
Given how lucrative the James Bond franchise is, MGM is apparently looking for what the article calls “a potentially precedent-shattering distribution fee” not just for Bond 23, but future Bond films as well. Something that Paramount may not be too comfortable with and may balk at.
The report also (perhaps guesses) at Bond 23’s budget. Apparently less than $150 million, which is a sizable drop from 2008’s Quantum of Solace and even 2006’s Casino Royale.