MGM Wants James Bond Back in Theaters By November 2012
Though MGM just recently filed for bankruptcy, that's actually a huge step in the studio finally getting on its feet (along with the previous news of Spyglass Entertainment executives stepping in to manage the studio). Along with MGM finally waking up from its coma, so are their most precious commodities. Many fans who were disappointed that MGM had postponed the next installment in the James Bond franchise was delayed indefinitely can breathe a sigh of relief as Bloomberg reports (via MovieWeb) that MGM plans to have Agent 007 back in theaters by November of 2012 and every two years after that. Here's where Neo says, "Whoa!"
While July brought worries of Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes stepping away completely from the franchise, but the project was simply on hold and it's believed that both the film's star and director will return for the next sequel. However, the timetable for a November 2012 release might create some problems since Craig is also signed for the American adaptation of all three installments of Steig Larsson's Millennium Trilogy which begins with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo currently in production. I'm sure a schedule can be worked out to compensate Craig's schedule, and I doubt MGM wants to lose Craig, arguably one of the best actors to put on the tuxedo, so easily.
As for MGM's recovery with the franchise, the studio plans to own 50 percent of the new film upon its release with an equal partner paying for all production costs. Later films released every other year, following what will be the 23rd James Bond film in November of 2012, will be fully owned and funded by MGM. Frankly, I'm just excited about the prospect of James Bond finally getting back on track, and hopefully these plans actually come to fruition. Anyone glad to hear the plans for the return of James Bond?