Friday, October 8, 2010

Bond Producer Gives Bond 23 Update

David G. Wilson of Eon Productions spoke to IGN on the status of Daniel Craig's third Bond outing. Following the financial crisis at MGM which put Bond 23 on hold indefinitely Wilson had to say on the latest updates:
"We're in a holding pattern to see what happens with the studio" he explained. "We support them - we've had a long relationship for a long time and it's really important for us to get going again. They just have to sort out their financial issues."

When pressed for a start date, Wilson revealed "They have a plan going forward, and hopefully everything will go to plan and we hope to be in a position next year to start the film again."

And as for a script, it seems that the story has gone untouched for a while, with the producer admitting "The script's been in development for some time. We often start the scripts about a year before pre-production has begun. So the script has been in development but it's been halted for the time being."

Finally, Wilson put to bed recent speculation about director Sam Mendes' participation, adding "Yes, he's very excited to do this film - and it's a matter of timing too. He's a hot director, and there's a danger he would have to go and work on something else so we have to be patient and optimistic."
MGM has officially announced a reorganization plan under which the studio will seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, allowing for Spyglass Entertainment to effectively take over control of the studio. The official press release is here.

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