While the now infamous hacks that have rocked Sony have drawn the attention of Marvel Studios fans these last few days, since much of the talk has been about conversations between the two that could bring Spider-Man into the MCU, there’s also some major news about the next James Bond film for all of us to chew on. According to a report on CNN’s financial site, it’s been revealed that the next 007 film, Spectre, is all ready running dangerously over budget. The report reveals some of the inner workings of the production, some casting news, and even a major *SPOILER* which I will put at the end of this article.
According to the CNN report, MGM President Jonathan Glickman wrote to Sony last month about his budgetary concerns with the film. He stated that the current budget sat somewhere in the mid $300 million range- a figure that would make it one of the most expensive films of all time. Glickman wanted to cut that down to $250 million. “We recognize that this movie needs to build on the past few films – and there are expectations we must meet for the audience. Still, we must find further cuts,” he said in one email. “This is not about ‘nickel and diming’ the production.”
So what kinds of solutions were proposed?
- “Villa in Rome? It’s a nighttime scene, so try doing it in London instead.
- There’s fighting on a train! Again! But use fewer carriages — three instead of four.
- Forget the dramatic finale in the rain. It’ll lower the cost of visual/special effects.
- Earn an extra $6 million by showing “the more modern aspects” of Mexico to maximize “the Mexican incentive.” (The makers of Spectre are getting paid to film there.)”
Producer Barbara Broccoli countered several of these ideas with rebuttals, claiming that some of them weren’t possible. Sony chief Amy Pascal then chimed in, saying that the current plan is “insane and you know with no script this movie is gonna go over budget.”
The hacks also revealed one bit of casting news, which is that Andrew Scott, of the BBC’s Sherlock, was on the director’s list to play Bond’s intelligence agency boss, “C.” Scott plays the villanous Moriarty on Sherlock, and Sam Mendes wants him. The actor would come in at a lower price tag than the original actor sought for that role, Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Which brings us to the big *SPOILER* from CNN’s report. So proceed with caution.
According to the report, we will definitely be meeting one Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Spectre.
SOURCE: CNN Money