How James Bond Could Head To Warner Bros With Christopher Nolan
With Sony's distribution deal ended, the James Bond franchise has been on the auction block amid a studio bidding war to secure the rights to the blockbuster series.
Warner seems the most likely to bring Christopher Nolan aboard the franchise, and that’s a big chip in the studio’s favor. Sony was interested in Nolan taking over Bond at one point, but the prospect of any deal evaporated when Sam Mendes returned for Spectre. So there’s a chance that situation could taint any attempts to secure Nolan if Bond remains at Sony.
Nolan’s schedule gives him plenty of room to fit in a Bond film, and surely if the offer became official then he’d make any necessary adjustments to ensure he could take on the project. But if Nolan for some reason was unable/uninterested in directing a Bond movie or two, then the studio’s relationship with George Miller might become a trump card. If you can’t have a Christopher Nolan-directed James Bond film, then a George Miller helmed Bond film — with Tom Hardy in the title role perhaps? — is a pretty amazing backup possibility. Or consider a one-two punch of Nolan launching a new Bond series, followed by a sequel from George Miller. That’s the sort of advantages that arise from the long-term relationships Warner has built with filmmakers over the years.