As the Sony hack continues to shed light on the inner-workings of Hollywood, it seems like an upcoming blockbuster could be set to become one of the most highest budgeted films of all-time due to notes made in some of the documents.
CNNMoney reported on Wednesday that according to reports in the hack, Bond 24 or Spectre is set to become one of the most expensive films ever made with a budget of $300 million. The report had MGM president Jonathan Glickman sending emails saying that the studio needed to slash the budget to around $250 million.
The emails also hint at possible fights for Bond with the studio looking to cut costs by filming some of these battles in other locations, but make it look like it is in the same city. Those included changing a villa scene in Rome to somewhere in London, having less carriages for a train fight, and showing more of Mexico since the country is paying the film to be there.
Glickman added that "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. This is not about 'nickel and diming' the production."
Barbara Broccoli, the producer (and James Bond head), fights back saying that she "cannot find the cemetery or villa in the UK" and refuses to cut down the number of trains.
This is probably what delayed the production for so long when there was talks of "issues" behind the scenes on top of the script problems.
A few other notes that were added: the emails also show that director Sam Mendes wants to cast Andrew Scott as Bond's intelligence agency boss, "C" and MGM can afford it, because they can pay Scott $1 million less than they were going to pay Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave).
It also said that there will be a "lesbian bad lady" with the guess being Lea Seydoux and Ernst Stavro Blofeld will appear.