James Bond has been deactivated

Production on the next instalment of the James Bond franchise has been put on indefinite hold due to the uncertain financial situation of distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, according to Business Week.

The future of the Bond series (and indeed, the future of MGM) has been in doubt for much of the past 12 months.

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (masters of the Bond universe) continued work on the 23rd film of the legendary espionage series despite MGM’s financial troubles

Daniel Craig
was set to return as 007, Oscar nominee Peter Morgan was tapped to co-write the screenplay with series regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and Sam Mendes was (supposedly) hired to direct. Bond 23 was expected to hit cinemas in 2012.

That is, until Wilson and Broccoli made this statement:

“Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on BOND 23 indefinitely. We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of BOND 23.”

At this point, the Bond behemoth is too powerful to be felled by a measly, financially unstable studio. Whether it is with MGM or another distributor, we will no doubt see Bond return.

Discuss: The question remains, will Mendes, Morgan, or even Craig remain attached?

One Response to “James Bond has been deactivated”

  1. How an a HUGE film company like MGM go either under or broke or wouldn't want to make the film and why not take the film some were else to complete it?

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