Earlier this week Variety broke a story claiming that after SPECTRE the James Bond series may move from Sony to another studio.
Sony has co-funded and distributed the films since Casino Royale, initially under a two picture deal with MGM, which was later extended. Variety says insiders believe the close relationship between MGM boss Gary Barber and Kevin Tsujihara, who heads Warner Bros. will result in 007 moving to Warner, reminding us that MGM and Warner have previously partnered on films like The Hobbit.
One contributing factor may be Barbara Broccoli. The Bond co-producer is said to have had a close working relationship with Amy Pascal, who was forced out as co-head of Sony Pictures after the Sony hack.
And so while Sony may wish to continue with James Bond, MGM may be more willing to work with Warner Bros., while it is unknown how much sway Barbara Broccoli has and how her vote would now be cast. Although it is a big deal for Sony as to whether they get to co-finance a box-office certainty, the impact of fans must be negligible.
Sony previously announced their intention to produce a new Bond film every two years, something that Barbara Broccoli resisted. The release of SPECTRE is three yeears after Skyfall in order, at least partially, to convince Sam Mendes to remain on board.