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21 April 2017, 06:20 | Jodi Jackson
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Since then, the two companies that control the franchise but do not distribute their own films - namely Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Eon Productions -have been presented with a number of proposals by film studios who want the rights (according to people briefed on the sessions).
The five studios fighting for the rights to Bond are Sony, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and Annapurna (Paramount is out because it's been struggling and recently hired a new chairman, and Disney is already flushed with family-friendly franchises).
Sony was picked for the job starting with "Casino Royale" in 2006 and continued until 2015 with "Spectre".
Whether Sony comes out on top or one of these other studios instead, MGM and EON are only offering a one-film contract.
The rights to 007 films are actually owned by EON and MGM, but they only produce the movies and need a distributor to handle the marketing.
As for whether or not a new actor will be coming on to play Bond, producers are hoping to get Daniel Craig back for one more movie.
Going one step further, it's important to note that the Powers That Be won't move forward until a deal is firmly locked in, so if you've caught wind of potential story clues, cast members and/or locations, it's likely bogus.
However, it's now facing competition from the likes of Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and Annapurna, the latter led by famed producer Megan Ellison. Annapurna would probably be the least familiar to the public (its bigger hits include Lawless and Zero Dark Thirty) but it is becoming increasingly commercial and landing Bond would be a major deal for the company.
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