Earlier this week, news broke that the upcoming James Bond film had gone from delayed to outright dead. However, just because something isn’t moving, that doesn’t mean that it’s deceased. The next Bond movie can’t move forward until the MGM’s financial meltdown comes to a close. No one knows when that will be, but Deadline reports the good news that as of right now, director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig will come back to Bond 23 when MGM sorts out its business. Deadline also reports that studios Spyglass Entertainment and Summit Entertainment are the front-runners to take control of MGM by the early fall. That would be tremendous news as I think Craig is too good of a James Bond to only get two movies (with only the first one being good). The sooner the MGM situation is resolved, the more times Craig can potentially play 007.
While they wait to return, Mendes and Craig are pursuing other projects. Mendes is directing an adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel On Chesil Beach. As for Craig, he’s starring in Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens (which is due out next July) and is in negotiations to star in David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.