After all the back and forth between MGM and EON Productions, the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise has been confirmed. It’s happening and everyone is finally on the same page. According to a statement sent out by EON, they’ve confirmed Daniel Craig to star, Sam Mendes to direct, and a new release date.
“Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions, together with Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, the Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., today announced that the 23rd James Bond film will have a worldwide release on November 9, 2012.” Mendes will direct from a screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan, while Craig will once again breathe life into the agent.
The reason it took so long for the film to get going was because of MGM’s bankruptcy and their failed auction of the studio. It’s the same reason The Hobbit was left in limbo, but thankfully Warner Bros picked up their slack. We’re still not sure who will distribute the new Bond film. More than likely the other major studios will end up fighting for it.
Sony could win out over the rest of the bunch considering they previously distributed Casino Royale, but Paramount also has a shot because of their close relationship with Spyglass Entertainment, who helped with the Star Trek reboot.
At this point we don’t care who distributes it as long as it gets out there. This has been going on for too long, and fans are ready to see Bond kick some ass and take names, while looking like an Armani model in the process!
Do you think James Bond 23 will go off without a hitch?