Sony Corp. will want a role in the James Bond movies once the sale or restructuring of Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. is complete, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Lynton told Bloomberg.
Sony is interested in distributing new Bond films or becoming a production partner to Los Angeles-based MGM or its new owners, Lynton said.
"We would like to be as involved with 'James Bond' as we're permitted to be," Lynton said.
There may be a role for Sony or another large studio, even if MGM is sold. Not all of MGM's suitors are equipped to handle global marketing and distribution of the films. Lionsgate, for example, couldn't distribute Bond movies worldwide by itself, Vice Chairman Michael Burns said last week.
Other potential MGM bidders include billionaire Len Blavatnik's New York-based Access Industries, New York-based Time Warner Inc. and Englewood, Colorado-based Liberty Media Corp., a person with knowledge of the situation said last month.