Interestingly, there is an article in Variety today on Paramount looking for new investors to better the cashflow. I thought Paramount actually was pretty well off.
Seems like Hollywood right now is anxious not to spend too much money but to consolidate and to get partners. Maybe that´s why nobody seemed to be overeager to get the distribution rights for Bond (which leave little profit). Could also be nervousness in an election year, I´d say.
But sooner or later one studio will want Bond desperately enough.
I only found out about Par's problems several weeks back, but apparently they are making themselves felt all over. The studio is cheaping out on the TREK 50th anniversary, only remastering ONE of the feature films (WRATH OF KHAN, which already had a 4K scan before its earlier release on blur) for ultraHD, and apparently there is even talk of Par and CBS reuniting (at least that would put all of TREK back under one roof, though personally I think CBS is better off staying away from Abrams & Cruise & co.)
They did allocate funds for a recent reshoot on the new movie, but that might be a desperation move OR a sign of good faith, hard to know in advance, though most folks hate the trailer. I didn't find it godawful, but for what they spend on these things, it sure does LOOK cheap, with stuff like off-the-shelf modern flashlights being used, which is right in keeping with the idiocy of contemporary bar code readers being installed all over the Enterprise as futuristic doodads in the last couple of movies, which is what I'd expect from a kid's movie with a three-figure budget, not a nine-figure on.
Then again, I can't see how they spent what they did on SKYFALL, which might as well have been an episode of THE SAINT for how much of it was faked-location-done-in-UK, for what they have to show for it. Even though I like Gassner's work in SPECTRE (and QUANTUM too) when I finally forced myself to sit through the whole thing, some of it features settings that don't have to blow up, which means rather than building them they could have just used and modified an existing space. Seems profligate even for Bond.