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WAMG Exclusive: Fox Acquiring James Bond Distribution

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James Bond is finding a new home, and he’ll have Jedi and aliens to welcome him into the fold.  For the last few weeks, movie goers have been curious as to what is going to become of some of MGM’s more prominent franchises.  Over the last, couple of days, the company has entered into a forbearance agreement.  The agreement expires in the middle of December, and, for now, ‘The Hobbit’ is safe and sound where it is.  However, the company said nothing of the future of 007 adventures.

Well, fear not you shaken-not-stirred fanatics.  A source close to the dealings has let We Are Movie Geeks know that Bond is alive and well, and will be settling into his new domicile for marketing and distribution at 20th Century Fox.  That’s right, expect the official word to come out any day now, but it looks like ‘Bond 23’ is going to be running behind the Fox banner.

Sony, who acquired MGM in 2004, has run the last, two James Bond films, ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Quantum of Solace’ through their own, Sony Pictures distribution and marketing company.  Up until these, two films, Fox handled all home video and international marketing for MGM, so the transition to Fox for domestic releases for the Bond franchise from here on out should not be that difficult a move.

There is no word in what state this leaves ‘Bond 23,’ though, with MGM/Sony still backing the production side, this bit of news shouldn’t cause much if any kind of delay.  The film is still tentatively scheduled for release in 2011.

22 Comments

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  2. Tyrone

    October 6, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    So is this the deathblow for MGM?

  3. BondFan

    October 6, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Marketing and Distribution doesn't mean MGM will lost the full rights to Bond. they will still develop the franchise and character. This just means Sony will not be marketing or distributing the franchise for the time being. I think you need to clearly state that in this story.

    • kirk13

      October 6, 2009 at 6:12 pm

      "and will be settling into his new domicile for marketing and distribution at 20th Century Fox."
      "There is no word in what state this leaves ‘Bond 23,’ though, with MGM/Sony still backing the production side"
      Seems stated.

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  5. Panda Hugger

    October 6, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    BondFan – read much? "Bond is alive and well, and will be settling into his new domicile for marketing and distribution at 20th Century Fox." What part of that isn't clear?

  6. Mark

    October 6, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    One wonders whether Tomorrow Never Dies will ever see the light of day again. :)

  7. MGM Corporate PR

    October 7, 2009 at 1:52 am

    This blog post suggesting that FOX is taking over the Bond franchise is incorrect.

    We have emailed you asking for a correction and while other sites (IGN, FilmSchoolRejects) have corrected, you have not done so nor have we received any response to our email.

    Please correct ASAP.

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  9. D'OH

    October 7, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    You guys are imbeciles. Why in the god damned world would it make sense to hand over Marketing and Dsitrbution to Fox? Why fork over more money when Fox isn't footing the bill in the first place? Please go back to whatever hole in the ground you craweled out of promptly.

  10. Jimm Choo

    October 7, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Hey Fucktard, this is not true and has been denied on real blogs.

  11. Panda Hugger

    October 8, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Don't back down off this story, WAMG. MGM has all the other sites running scared and printing retractions like a bunch of punks. This has been in the works for a long time and it's going to happen and you will be the ones with the last laugh! Watch and see.

    • cygnusx1

      July 29, 2010 at 10:34 am

      yeah, let's watch and see..

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  18. nining

    July 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    i hope it too,, always waiting for it,,

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