The next James Bond installment, Spectre, is reportedly over budget and on track to be one of the most expensive films ever made at a cost of more than $300 million.
That's according to CNNMoney, citing internal documents that were leaked online by hackers who broke into Sony. The internal memos from the MGM Studios president are the latest in a treasure trove of emails that are airing Hollywood's inner workings. Details have emerged about ballooning film budgets, war of words between studio chiefs and producers, and salary discrepancies between male and female executives.
Among the costliest single films to make so far has been Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End's, which had an approximate $300 million price tag.
The internal memos on the Spectre budget were reviewed by CNNMoney. Sony Pictures is the distribution partner for the 24th Bond film.
MGM president Jonathan Glickman reportedly sent emails saying the studio is moving to trim costs.
Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli reportedly pushed back at the cost-cutting suggestions.
In other 007 news, customized Range Rovers set to be used in Spectre were stolen from a parking lot in western Germany, according to the auto maker, NBCNews reports.
Meanwhile, details from the Sony data leak keep coming.
The leaked data included a reported email exchange between Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin, the man behind projects including Moneyball and The Social Network. The duo were working together on a biopic of Steve Jobs written by Aaron Sorkin, until the studio pulled out last month. The emails have been reported by various media outlets.
An email to Sony Pictures and voice message to Rudin's production office seeking comment were not immediately returned earlier Thursday. A tweet message to MGM studios and email to Eon Productions, which makes the Bond films, were not immediately returned.
Sony, meantime, is fighting back and is trying to disrupt downloads of sensitive information, as Re/code reports.
Read the CNNMoney story here.