Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes Not Giving Up on James Bond 23
07.08.10 by Ryan
Rumors are spreading all over the web that MGM has permanently canceled the upcoming sequel in the long-running franchise, tentatively called James Bond 23. While a promising start brought Sam Mendes on board to direct a script written by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon) and screenwriting partners Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale), the impending bankruptcy of MGM has been threatening to shut down production since the beginning. However, all may not be lost.
Deadline reports that the project isn't dead, but continues to languish in development hell while MGM resolves its financial situation. "Development will resume once MGM is viable again," a source told the site's London editor. "No idea when this will get resolved."
The studio is working more diligently on its other project, The Hobbit, which is experiencing its own amount of troubles. Meanwhile, Mendes and star Daniel Craig are lining up other projects, but, according to Deadline's report, "fully plan to come back to James Bond after MGM sorts itself out."
Mendes is looking to direct an adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel On Chelsi Beach, while Craig is trying to join the remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo that David Fincher is directing, though nothing has been finalized. Craig has also been rumored for a role in The Sweeney, an adaptation of British 70s police show.