Sunday, November 07, 2010

Bringin' Back Bond (Maybe)

As you know, I've spent quite a bit of time over the past year tracking the various travails that have afflicted the James Bond franchise of late, from the suspension of development on the legendary series' next installment to the potential light at the end of the tunnel with MGM's reorganization plan -- which was finally approved by shareholders this past week.  Naturally that news led the web to light up with stories late last week that Bond 23 is set for a November 2012 release, and after that it'll be back to business as usual every two years hence for Her Majesty's finest.  Of course, things are rarely as simple as all that in Hollywood, and this is no different.

For one, that November release hinges on the schedule of star Daniel Craig, who's about to get very busy with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.  Then there's the issue of whether Sam Mendes, presumed to be helming the new film, will be able to fit it in (indications are yes, but the longer this goes on, the more uncertain that gets). If he can't, does that mean they toss all the development that he's already done?  Still a whole lot of questions, and Drew McWeeny explains why, while MGM's reorganization is definitely a good thing, there's still a lot of daylight between that and the endgame of big screen Bond getting back on track.  Drew goes into more detail at the link, but here's the takeaway:
You'll see a lot of headlines today saying that we're getting a James Bond film in 2012, like everything's been magically solved for MGM. At this point, there's no word from EON Productions about their feelings on this filing, and since they're just as important to the development and release of Bond films, that seems like a pretty significant gap in terms of information. For now, the most positive thing you can say about this is that MGM knows how important Bond is to their overall success, and they are obviously desperate to renew the superspy's license to kill.
So, as I've said before, things are headed in the right direction, but we're not quite there yet.

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