According to Coming Soon JAMES BOND producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions, announced today that they have suspended development on the next film in the profitable franchise. BOND 23, as it’s currently known, was previously scheduled for release 2011/2012 but due to financial troubles at MGM has been put on hold.
They had this to say:
“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. We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of ‘Bond 23”.
These two know what they’re talking about as EON Productions have produced twenty two JAMES BOND films since 1962. Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli took over the franchise from Albert R Broccoli in 1995 and were responsible for the latest two Bond films, CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE. If these two say the future of Bond is in jeopardy then they’re to be trusted.
This is rather unfortunate news for Bond fans as it could now be several years until BOND 23 even begins shooting. Sam Mendes (ROAD TO PERDITION, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD) was set to direct but whether he’ll stick around is anyone’s guess and star Daniel Craig’s schedule is looking rather busy for the foreseeable future. This is by no means the end of Bond though, it’s a far too profitable a series to be left stuck in development hell, it’s just a matter of waiting longer than anticipated for a new film.