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Sony pictures and MGM have finally struck a deal to co-finance and distribute worldwide the next James Bond film, tentatively dubbed 'Bond 23'. Still reviving from their recent bankruptcy woes, MGM has been shopping the Bond franchise around to several studios. When talks between MGM and Paramount (who was at the forefront of the competition) broke down over distribution fees, Sony was quick to snap up the multi-million dollar rights, having already played a role in the re-launch of the franchise with 'Casino Royale' and 'Quantum of Solace'.
MGM execs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum had this to say:
In addition to 'Bond 23' - expected to be in theaters November 9, 2012 - they also plan to join forces for the next installment (also simply designated 'Bond 24') under a similar arrangement. Sony's 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', as well as their forthcoming 'Total Recall' remake are assumed to be a part of this new partnership, but no deals have been explicitly made.