The big MGM bankruptcy mess that recently saw a takeover bid from Lionsgate rejected has finally provided something positive to latch onto.
A report at Bloomberg digs into the MGM bankruptcy filing and pulls out some James Bond information that would result from the company’s proposed reorganization. MGM wants to release the next James Bond film, for now called James Bond 23, in November 2012. An equal partner would pay for all the production costs and MGM would own 50% of the film.
From November 2012 on MGM would release an additional Bond film every two years. These films, starting in late 2014, would be funded and owned wholly by MGM.
Last we heard about James Bond 23 prior to MGM’s financial woes catching up to them was that Sam Mendes was attached to direct and Daniel Craig would star. The latter still seems feasible but Mendes might have emotionally and creatively moved on from the project, or MGM and whoever their partner is on the film might want to go another direction.
At least now we have a time line for Bond’s next “planned” appearance and just need the stars to align, i’s dotted and t’s crossed to get it moving forward.