New Bond film production suspended over conflict in MGM
The production of the new James Bond movie has been suspended “indefinitely” because of uncertainty over the future of film company MGM, producers say.
In a statement, the producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said, “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.”
The latest Bond, due to star Daniel Craig as 007 for the third time, had been due out in 2011 or 2012. Sam Mendes lined up to direct.
James Bond is one of the longest running franchises in film history.
Production on the untitled 23rd movie in the franchise was in the early stages with a release date of 2011 or 2012 – the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No in cinemas. The uncertainty of MGM’s future had prompted the film being suspended – MGM is currently seeking a buyer and is in considerable debut. Although the franchise is a huge box office hit the 23rd film has been suspended for now but experts predict the film will happen at some point with Daniel Craig in the role.