You know that your financial problems are bad when they sideline James Bond. The 23rd Bond feature was supposed to get going some time ago, but MGM’s fiscal meltdown did to the secret agent what Blofeld never could - took him out of the game.
But now things are looking more up for MGM, what with The Hobbit happening and restructuring going on behind the scenes, so they’ve decided the time is right to announce the next Bond film again. Bond 23 is officially underway, with a release date of November 9, 2012. Squeaking right in under the Mayan Apocalypse!
I imagine this announcement is more about boosting confidence in the continuously teetering company; as The Hobbit news comes out it’s a good time for MGM to strike with more positive sounding future plans. As was the case before the film got shelved, Sam Mendes is directing Bond 23 and Daniel Craig is starring. We’ll see what happens.
As for me - I’m more interested in the fates of Cabin in the Woods and Red Dawn, two finished films sitting on the shelf at MGM. Don’t tell me what you’re going to make, MGM, tell me when you’re going to release these.