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James Bond 23 Will Shoot in Late 2011 with November 2012 Release Date

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 11, 2011 at 7:50AM

EON producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, finally released from the constraints of MGM's bankruptcy, are free to commit to going forward with James Bond 23, which has been stalled while they waited for MGM to come out of its financial quagmire. New MGM co-chairs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum say the movie will start shooting in late 2011 for a worldwide release on November 9, 2012.
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EON producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, finally released from the constraints of MGM's bankruptcy, are free to commit to going forward with James Bond 23, which has been stalled while they waited for MGM to come out of its financial quagmire. New MGM co-chairs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum say the movie will start shooting in late 2011 for a worldwide release on November 9, 2012.

Now Daniel Craig can slot the film into his frenetic shooting schedule, including the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Brit director Sam Mendes is still in the director's chair. Screenwriter Peter Morgan (Hereafter) left the film after delivering a treatment off his original idea; Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan took over the task of fashioning a workable James Bond. "He's a creature of the Cold War," says Morgan (who talks about the challenges of keeping the franchise fresh here and below). "I struggle to believe that a British secret agent is still saving the world." But Morgan thinks Mendes is "smart...The holy grail is to combine thought and action."

Broccoli and Wilson's Danjaq co-own the Bond film and global merchandising rights with MGM. Eon is the UK company that produces the films.

This article is related to: Franchises, Headliners, Studios, News, MGM/UA


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.