In 2006 and 2008, respectively, MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment teamed up to release the two most recent installments of the James Bond franchise: Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. The two films would up being the two most successful box office smashes in the history of the series, both raking in nearly $600 million worldwide. With the next 007 film ready to start up at the end of the year, still titled Bond 23, MGM has been searching for a distributor, and it appears that the philosophy of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" lives on.

A press release has been issued announcing that MGM and Sony have struck a deal in which the companies will work together to co-finance and distribute not only Bond 23, but Bond 24 as well. The news adds yet another high profile title to Sony's 2012 slate, which already includes The Amazing Spider-Man; Men in Black III; 21 Jump Street; the Adam Sandler comedy I Hate You, Dad, the Total Recall remake, the Kevin James comedy Here Comes The Boom; and Resident Evil 5. The next installment of the long running British spy series is still set to be released on November 9, 2012. The film will be directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes and will feature the return of Daniel Craig for the third time.

While I am certainly happy that everything is in place for the next Bond film to arrive, I am also immensely curious about where things stand with both Red Dawn and Cabin in the Woods. Last we heard about the deal between Sony and MGM, there was a chance that the two films could be picked up for distribution as well, but the press release makes no mention in regards to their future. If a deal was struck for those movies as well, we will likely hear about them in the coming days.

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