The has been a lot of talk recently about The Hobbit finally moving forward from the MGM situation, but we haven’t heard anything positive about the status of Bond 23 which is also on hold. Today producer David G. Wilson gave an update on the movie, and while development on the script has stopped for now, he hopes to get going again next year and Sam Mendes still directing is a “matter of timing”.
“We’re in a holding pattern to see what happens with the studio” he explained. “We support them – we’ve had a long relationship for a long time and it’s really important for us to get going again. They just have to sort out their financial issues.”
When pressed for a start date, Wilson revealed “They have a plan going forward, and hopefully everything will go to plan and we hope to be in a position next year to start the film again.”
And as for a script, it seems that the story has gone untouched for a while, with the producer admitting “The script’s been in development for some time. We often start the scripts about a year before pre-production has begun. So the script has been in development but it’s been halted for the time being.”
Finally, Wilson put to bed recent speculation about director Sam Mendes’ participation, adding “Yes, he’s very excited to do this film – and it’s a matter of timing too. He’s a hot director, and there’s a danger he would have to go and work on something else so we have to be patient and optimistic.”
The original plan was for a 2012 release but we may not see Bond again until 2013 or 2014 at this rate. Daniel Craig is still interested in portraying 007, so it’s just a matter of waiting until MGM get their debt sorted, which hopefully will be before the end of the year.