MGM has a new partner for international movie distribution. The Amazon-owned MGM studio releases its own films here in the United States, but it has partnered with Universal for its international rollouts for some time. No Time to Die, the 25th film in the James Bond franchise that was released last year, was released by Universal overseas. However, MGM announced a new partnership with Warner Bros. on Sunday for international movie distribution.
Starting now, Warner Bros. will be the international distributor for most of MGM’s films. The new movie Bones and All, arriving in November, will be the first MGM film to have this arrangement. The next James Bond movie will still be released by Universal overseas.
Bond 26 is still a long way off. The next James Bond has not been named yet and there has been very little talk about the film since No Time to Die came out. Regardless of when it comes out, Bond 26 will be released by MGM/Universal. That is the only Bond movie that is still part of that contract, but Bond 27 could be released by Warner Bros. if the deal with MGM still exists at that time.
Warner Bros. and MGM will work together to market, advertise, and promote MGM films outside of North America. They will also work together on exhibitor relations and film distribution.
The James Bond series is a very popular movie series. The last movie in the series was very popular, but the next one might be even more popular because the main character is different now that Daniel Craig is no longer playing James Bond.
“Nobody’s in the running,” James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli told Deadline. “We’re working out where to go with him, we’re talking that through. There isn’t a script and we can’t come up with one until we decide how we’re going to approach the next film because, really, it’s a reinvention of Bond. We’re reinventing who he is and that takes time. I’d say that filming is at least two years away.”
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