If the uncertainty concerning Daniel Craig coming back to play the famous English spy James Bond in the upcoming movie Bond 25 is worrying you , don’t, because the series has bigger fish to fry.
A studios fight:
At the moment, it is unknown who will be at the helm of the iconic movie series, as Sony pictures contract to distribute and market the films ended with the 2015 movie, Spectre.
According to a report by the New York Times, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Eon Productions, who have control over the franchise, are receiving pitches from different studios.
Sony are trying to renew the contract. They’re making the case by saying that they know the franchise better than the other studios, and that since 2006’s Casino Royale, they have made $3.5 billion at the box office.
But Sony is facing tough competition from studios like 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, and Annapurna, which is led by Megan Ellison the famous producer.
This means that almost every major studio in Hollywood is in the running. Except for Paramount, who has been struggling lately, and Disney Studios, as they have a lot on their plate at the moment.
A strong franchise:
The NYT stated that Sony’s deal wasn’t that profitable. The studio paid 50% of productions costs, and only received 25% of profits, which is solid proof of how reliable and strong the Bond franchise is.
Studio issues aside, the production of Bond 25 is finally starting to pick up. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the franchise’s screenwriting pair, have been approached, according to several reports.
According to the Daily Mail, Bond 25 will be the pair’s seventh Bond movie they have written together.
They have previously written the scripts for Spectre, Skyfall, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, Die Another Day and The World Is Not Enough.