With MGM filing for bankruptcy this week, the company is now looking to restructure and take steps towards regaining their former glory. As we already know, The Hobbit will be the studio’s first production as it gears up for shooting in February, but now it looks as if MGM is also focusing on another cash cow, the James Bond franchise. If all goes according to plan, audiences may see Bond 23 in theaters by November 2012. The proposed target date certainly isn’t set in stone, though, since MGM is currently looking for a partner to finance the film. Also, there’s no guarantee that Daniel Craig will return to the role of Bond. He’s maintaining a busy schedule right now, including the Millennium Trilogy, so it’s uncertain whether he would or could fit in a Bond film among his other projects.
MGM’s plans span further than the next two years as they foresee a new Bond film being produced every other year. It’s a smart move on the studio’s part to lead off with sure-fire moneymakers like Bond (should we expect any less?) and I do look forward to seeing what they’ll do with the character now, especially if Craig doesn’t return. There’s also no word on whether or not Sam Mendes will still be directing. I wouldn’t worry about any rash decisions, though, as they still have plenty of time to work out details on the creative team. So, are you looking forward to the return of Bond? Would you be upset if Craig didn’t come back?