Sony Pictures and Eon have released three new Spectre posters, or rather three variations on one poster, showcasing its main star. I can’t say I’m too impressed by the turtleneck sweater, but then it took Roger Moore to make safari suits cool didn’t it?
Elsewhere, some interesting facts have come to light. Digital Spy brings us the news that, in emails obtained by Tax Analysts during the Sony hack, Sony Pictures Entertainment and MGM executives apparently asked for changes to be made in order to get the incentives from an unknown Mexican authority. The president of MGM’s motion picture group Jonathan Glickman allegedly wrote:
“We are currently facing a budget that is far beyond what we anticipated and are under immense pressure to reduce the number to $250m net of rebates and incentives. This is not about ‘nickel and diming’ the production. As of now, our shooting period is $50m higher than Skyfall and the current gross budget sits in the mid $300ms, making this one of the most expensive films ever made.”
The correspondence revealed that the production had already reportedly earned $14m in incentives by highlighting the skyline and using aerial shots of Mexico City, casting a known Mexican actresses as Estrella [Stephanie Sigman was recently announced], not casting a Mexican actor in the role of the villainous Sciarra [Monica Bellucci], changing Sciarra’s target from a Mexican governor to an international ambassador, replacing a cage match with a chase scene through the Day of the Dead celebration, and replacing Mexican police with a special forces group. Glickman then hoped to earn the other $6 million by focusing on Mexico City’s modern buildings, apparently saying:
“Let’s continue to pursue whatever avenues we have available to maximize this incentive.”
Lets’s hope that the film won’t be weakened by these changes. Spectre opens on October 23 in the UK and on November 6 in the US.