Never Say Never Again Could Become an Official James Bond Film with WB Deal


Never Say Never Again could become an official James Bond film

This is it, SPECTRE, is the 24th entry in the official EON Produced James Bond series and it’s the last that will be distributed and produced by Sony Pictures. All 24 films in the official Bond canon are owned by Everything or Nothing (EON) Productions (a subsidiary itself to Danjaq) and MGM, but they can’t distribute or make the movie with the help of a major studio. The other studios need Bond to compete with the arsenal Disney bought over the last ten years, including Pixar, The Muppets, Marvel, and Star Wars. One studio in particular, Warner Brothers, aka TIME/Warner, wants to pick up the franchise and with good reason. The already own producer Kevin McClory’s 1983 Never Say Never Again, with an older Sean Connery returning as Bond as a big middle finger to EON Productions.

EON Could Own Never Say Never Again in Deal with WB

Kevin McClory co-wrote the screenplay to Thunderball which was going to be the first Bond film to be made, but Dr. No was made instead. Ian Fleming then wrote a novel for Thunderball which James Bond producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman of EON owned the rights to. They had already made three Bond films with Sean Connery and were about to make On Her Majesty’s Secret Service the fourth. In order to avoid any competing James Bond franchises, EON agreed on a contract with McClory that Thunderball would be the fourth bond film, and 20% of the movie’s profits would go to him.

McClory threatened to remake Thunderball over the next 20 years, owning the author rights to the organization SPECTRE and their leader and villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Who EON productions comically killed Blofeld off at the beginning of the 12th Bond film For Your Eyes Only claiming the character’s unimportance. He finally convinced Sean Connery to remake Thunderball as Never Say Never Again after Connery famously left the roll of Bond after not getting the million dollar paycheck he wanted for the fifth Bond film, You Only Live Twice. EON went on to make On Her Majesty’s Secret Service with George Lazenby as Bond. Lazenby became a hippy and turned down a roll reprisal. Connery accepted a 1.25 Million paycheck to return only to make that his final official Bond portrayal in the seventh Bond, Diamonds are Forever.

In 1983 Warner Brothers and Kevin McClory made Never Say Never Again and it competed that same year with the officially EON produced Octupussy which won the box office with an extra $20 Million.

Kevin McClory died in 2006 and the rights to SPECTRE and Ernst Starvo Blofeld went back to EON Productions in 2013. Just now the 24th official Bond film SPECTRE is in theatres, cementing the organization of SPECTRE back into the official James Bond mythos.

So now EON Productions owns almost all of the rights to James Bond, except Never Say Never Again, currently owned by Warner Brothers. Now that the distribution rights are up for grabs, Warner Brothers could potentially take over and supply the cash for the 25th Bond film and redistribute the Bond films on home entertainment platforms. EON Production could essentially absorb the rights to Never Say Never Again and add it to their official Bond canon. If Octopussy is the 13th Bond film, then NSNA could be the 13B James Bond film. And more importantly perhaps EON Production could revamp the soundtrack and give it a proper John Barry type score.

Here’s the list of upcoming Warner Brothers movies:

Warner Brothers:

Me Before You - March 4, 2016

Midnight Special - March 18, 2016

Barbershop: Episode IV - The Next Cut - April 15, 2016

Keanu - April 22, 2016

Going in Style - May 6, 2016

The Nice Guys - May 20, 2016

The Conjuring 2 - June 10, 2016

Central Intelligence - June 17, 2016

Lights Out - July 22, 2016

Arms and the Dudes - August 19, 2016

Sully - September 9, 2016

The Accountant - October 7, 2016

Bastards - November 4, 2016

Chicken Soup for the Soul - December 16, 2016

Fist Fight - July 8, 1905

Geostorm - January 13, 2017

The House - June 2, 2017

Dunkirk - July 21, 2017

Live By Night - July 9, 1905

Warner Tentpoles:

The Legend of Tarzan - July 1, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them - November 18, 2016

Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur - February 17, 2017

The Jungle Book: Origins - October 6, 2017

Ready Player One - December 15, 2017

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 - November 16, 2018

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3 - November 20, 2020

DC Entertainment:

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - March 25, 2016

Suicide Squad - August 5, 2016

Wonder Woman - June 23, 2017

Justice League: Part I - November 17, 2017

The Flash - March 23, 2018

Aquaman - July 27, 2018

Shazam - April 5, 2019

Justice League: Part II - June 14, 2019

Cyborg - April 3, 2020

Green Lantern - June 19, 2020

Sandman - Announced

And here's Sony's upcoming slate:

The 5th Wave - January 22, 2016

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - February 5, 2016

Risen - February 9, 2016

The Brothers Grimsby - March 11, 2016

Miracles from Heaven - March 16, 2016

The Bronze - March 18, 2016

I Saw the Light - March 25, 2016

Miles Ahead - April 1, 2016

The Meddler - April 22, 2016

Dark Horse - May 6, 2016

Money Monster - May 13, 2016

The Angry Birds Movie - May 20, 2016

Maggie's Plan - May 20, 2016

The Shallows - June 24, 2016

Ghostbusters (Reboot) - July 15, 2016

Sausage Party - August 12, 2016

A Man in the Dark - August 26, 2016

Patient Zero - September 2, 2016

When the Bough Breaks - September 16, 2016

The Magnificent Seven - September 23, 2016

SPA TBA - September 23, 2016

Underworld: Episode V - October 14, 2016

Inferno - October 28, 2016

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk - November, 11, 2016

Passengers - December 21, 2016

Jumanji (2016) UGH - December 25, 2016

The Dark Tower - January 13, 2017

Resident Evil: Episode VI - The Final Chapter - January 27, 2017

Bad Boys 3 - February 17, 2017

Baby Driver - March 17, 2017

Get Smurfy - March 31, 2017

Barbie - June 2, 2017

Uncharted - June 30, 2017

The Emoji Movie - August 11, 2017

The Equalizer 2 - September 29, 2017

The Lamb - December 8, 2017

Peter Rabbit - March 23, 2018

Hotel Transylvania 3 - September 21, 2018

Animated Spider-Man - December 21, 2018

Bad Boys 4 - July 3, 2019

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