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20th Century Fox buys the James Bond franchise???

http://wearemoviegeeks.com/2009/10/w...-distribution/

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...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.

...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.
I hope this isn't true. I don't like 20th Century Fox, and I don't want to see MGM bite it, either, so the idea of them selling off their sure-fire, decades-old cash cow is depressing.
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That would really really suck. I hope that's just interweb rumorz™ because Rothman would fuck that franchise like a tender chicken.
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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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Why would this suck?
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Why would this suck?
More like, how could this suck worse than the last few flicks?
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Why would this suck?
Tom Rothman, the current head of Fox, has a tendency to micromanage and interfere with Fox's flagship properties. During his tenure he has rushed the Fantastic Four into production and run it into the ground and destroyed the X-Men franchise by putting release dates before talent, among other "business decisions". The idea of him getting his hands on the Bond films, especially after their successful restart, could very well be worrisome.
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More like, how could this suck worse than the last few flicks?
Did you forget about Casino Royale?
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Old 10-05-09, 11:28 PM
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Please new actor for James Bond. Get back Pierce & go back to classic Bond. Gadgets, cheesy one-liners, over the top stunts. No more of this moody one from the past 2.
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Originally Posted by resinrats View Post
Please new actor for James Bond. Get back Pierce & go back to classic Bond. Gadgets, cheesy one-liners, over the top stunts. No more of this moody one from the past 2.
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Re: 20th Century Fox buys the James Bond franchise???

Originally Posted by auto View Post
More like, how could this suck worse than the last few flicks?
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Did you forget about Casino Royale?
Yeah, not sure many would consider Casino Royale bad.

Originally Posted by resinrats View Post
Please new actor for James Bond. Get back Pierce & go back to classic Bond. Gadgets, cheesy one-liners, over the top stunts. No more of this moody one from the past 2.
I think Craig is fantastic and they can include those things in the current run.
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Originally Posted by DonnachaOne View Post
Tom Rothman, the current head of Fox, has a tendency to micromanage and interfere with Fox's flagship properties. During his tenure he has rushed the Fantastic Four into production and run it into the ground and destroyed the X-Men franchise by putting release dates before talent, among other "business decisions". The idea of him getting his hands on the Bond films, especially after their successful restart, could very well be worrisome.
I'll agree with that completely, even though there was a mixed reaction to Quantum of Solace I really enjoyed it, hopefully EON have the balls to bat him off and leave them alone to make the Bond films as they see fit without his interference.
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How the fuck could Sony not get Bond?
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2 important things to note:

marketing and distribution at 20th Century Fox
MGM/Sony still backing the production side
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Then again, there are several rights ownership issues involved. Barbara Broccoli and her stepbrother Michael Wilson could conceivably pull a page out of their dad Cubby's playbook and tie things up in court until the ownership situation is to their liking. Which could, of course, mean another Licence to Kill-Goldeneye lull. As far as I understand it, Eon Productions owns half of the Bond rights, and MGM bought Harry Saltzman's half in the 1970s. (Eon still owns their half, right?)
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Originally Posted by FinkPish View Post
2 important things to note:
Ah. That changes things.
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Ok..so Sony makes them but Fox puts them out. Does this mean that Fox has "the power" to fuck with the cut of the films.
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Ok..so Sony makes them but Fox puts them out. Does this mean that Fox has "the power" to fuck with the cut of the films.
Not usually. Unless they are putting up some of the production money, distribution companies could only really make "strong suggestions" about the cut of a film, so they don't have any real pull. I doubt Sony would let them dick around with their franchise.
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Originally Posted by DonnachaOne View Post
Tom Rothman, the current head of Fox, has a tendency to micromanage and interfere with Fox's flagship properties. During his tenure he has rushed the Fantastic Four into production and run it into the ground and destroyed the X-Men franchise by putting release dates before talent, among other "business decisions". The idea of him getting his hands on the Bond films, especially after their successful restart, could very well be worrisome.
The original post says that the deal is for marketing and distribution, not production. Fox currently owns home video rights for most Bond movies. The Broccoli family owns the rights to Bond and I am sure will continue to make the movies however they please without outside interference.
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Re: 20th Century Fox buys the James Bond franchise???

Like the poster above said, Fox currently owns video rights as I've been reaping the rewards of working on the studio lot store.

I say it's not like there's going to be a lot of change. Business as usual. Hope they keep Craig as I really enjoyed the latest two.
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Originally Posted by resinrats View Post
Please new actor for James Bond. Get back Pierce & go back to classic Bond. Gadgets, cheesy one-liners, over the top stunts. No more of this moody one from the past 2.
"HOORAY FOR FORMULA AND PREDICTABILITY! MORE INVISIBLE CARS! MORE CGI SURFING!"

I'll give you, QoS was weak, but nothing in the Brosnan era can even touch Casino Royale.
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I'll give you, QoS was weak, but nothing in the Brosnan era can even touch Casino Royale.
I'll take Goldeneye over Casino Royale any day.
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I'll take Goldeneye over Casino Royale any day.
Really? Weird. I think Goldeneye is easily the best of the Brosnan Bonds but Casino Royale still pisses all over it.
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Originally Posted by RichC2 View Post
Really? Weird. I think Goldeneye is easily the best of the Brosnan Bonds but Casino Royale still pisses all over it.
I'm a fan of the classic Bond with the gadgets and cheesy lines and Q.
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I'm a fan of the classic Bond with the gadgets and cheesy lines and Q.
The end of QoS hinted (the ridiculously cheesy desert hotel sequence) at them getting back to that grind in Craig #3.
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Personally i really grew tired of the gadgets and promotions all over the movies. Brosnan could have been great...but he was never allowed to be. His storylines were pretty awful. Goldeneye was the best...but even that was pretty bad. Brosnan just seemed to play the character too smugly for my liking. It felt like he was trying to recapture Connery. But he was better than Moore and Lazenby. But for my money Daniel Craig is the best followed by Connery and then Dalton. Timothy Dalton played Bond great in License to Kill and this was a real precursor to the Craig movies. Same kind of character. Viscious and cold most of the time. But Die Another Day was just such an awful awful movie and i thought after that the series really needed huge changes. Stupid gadgets, terrible bad guy, god awful lead song (All Brosnans movies had terrible songs though)...it was just sooooooooo stupid. Casino Royale was the best movie in the series since Goldfinger and From Russia With Love. I didn't think QoS was up to the same standards...but it was good. I really want Daniel Craig to keep on going and for Bond to stay simple and cool. Forget gadgets, forget all the bullshit.
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