The character was reinvigorated by the tough resolve of Daniel Craig, but after the 'Quantum of Solace,' the iconic spy got sucked into MGM's vortex of financial woe. Though noted director Sam Mendes came on to helm 'Bond 23,' and Craig was still around to star, it wasn't enough to keep the production afloat, and last April, development was suspended indefinitely.
Once MGM filed for bankruptcy in November, 007 got a new chance at life. The picture once again gained steam, with Mendes still attached, production ready to kick off and a November 9, 2012 release date set for the next super spy adventure.
But who's going to distribute it?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, though earlier nibbles hinted that MGM would hand distribution to Paramount Pictures -- due to the ties between new co-chairmans Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and Paramount execs -- other studios are entering the running.
Fox pitched to MGM last week, arguing that "their studio would do the best job exploiting Bond, as well as other future [and past] MGM films." They have a point -- the two studios have had a long-standing overseas deal in place, one that will expire in September. But just to make the mix even more interesting, Sony Pictures wants a slice. They, too, have good standing with MGM, having released the last two Bond films, and said to be "on good terms with the Broccoli family, owner of the Bond rights."
Deals should be settled soon, but for now, we'll have to wait and see who ends up on top -- studio friendships, overseas partners or the execs tight with Bond and Broccoli.