Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bond Issues Resolved?

The long, dark tunnel of debt and uncertainty that Agent 007 found himself in last week may be headed toward some kind of resolution if today's Wall Street Journal is to be believed. Production shingle Spyglass Entertainment, which launched Night Shyamalan's career with The Sixth Sense and found success last summer with Star Trek and G.I. Joe, is in advanced talks to take over the beleaguered lion in a complicated deal that would see Spyglass honchos Gary Barber & Roger Birnbaum taking over day-to-day operations, while that $4 billion in debt would be forgiven (!!) following the studio's restructuring. Wish I could get a credit arrangement like that...

What does this mean for the future of Bond? CommanderBond.net sums it up thusly:
...assuming financing becomes available Bond 23 could be back on track and start shooting in time for a late 2011 release. That is barring any major scheduling conflicts. Director Sam Mendes is currently prepping a screen adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel On Chesil Beach while Daniel Craig was recently signed to star in the anticipated adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which will begin filming later this year. Craig is also currently shooting Cowboys & Aliens, for which he has an option for a sequel.
As far as the question of financing for the next Bond entry becoming available, I would assume that's pretty much a foregone conclusion.  So, long and short, still a lot of zeroes that need to line up yet, but the biggest hurdle preventing Ian Fleming's immortal agent from returning may well be headed for resolution.  Good news.

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