Entertainment – Bankrupt MGM takes away 007’s licence to thrill
LONDON: It might be hard for the fans of 007 to digest but the indomitable secret agent James Bond is reportedly set for a sabbatical not to return
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on the big screen until 2011 for it’s next outing.
Pre-production has been halted and filming postponed while the future of the Bond franchise hangs in the balance as The 23rd Bond film was to have been bankrolled by MGM but the Hollywood studio is up for sale in a bid to clear mounting debts, Daily Express reported.
“In the words of another great British hero, Antarctic explorer Captain Oates, the next James Bond movie may be some time,” said Terence Doyle, editor of British Film Magazine.
With the sale of the studios, the 007 blockbusters which are a lucrative franchise could also be sold off.
“Our timeline’s a little up in the air what with the situation at MGM, so we have to be flexible,” Michael Wilson, who produces the Bond films with Barbara Broccoli said. “We just don’t know enough about the situation to comment, but we know it’s uncertain,” Wilson said.
He added of the movie’s current status, “We’ve hired the writers and we’ve been working with them but it’s just too early to say anything. You know, often at this stage, I find myself saying, ‘Oh, we’re gonna do this and that’, then six months from now you’ll say, ‘That isn’t in the film at all — you told me it was…’ “I think we’re at the stage where a lot of ideas are floating around that sound very good, but whether they make the final cut, who knows?”
The earliest a new film will go on floors is at the end of this year, for release in 2011, a full three years after the last Bond, ‘Quantum Of Solace’ was released. The Pre-production work on the next film, which will again star Daniel Craig has been put on hold until next month.
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Peter Morgan had last month revealed that his James Bond movie will have “a shocking story”.
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