As you might already know by now, MGM is going through some money problems, and it was only a matter of time before we started hearing about movies being swept under the rug until the money problems are solved. Today a big movie franchise was put on hold… the 23rd James Bond film. This is one of their main franchises, and it is being pushed aside. This is a franchise that has been keeping MGM alive all of these years.
If you’re a hardcore Bond fan I wouldn't worry, I seriously doubt they are going to let it die. Here is what the films producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have to say about it when they were asked what its status was.
Well, our timeline's a little up in the air what with the situation at MGM, so we have to be flexible. We just don't know enough about the situation to comment, but we know it's uncertain.
MGM is currently in a massive amount of debt and the show won’t go on until someone comes in and buys up the studio and it’s properties. MGM is expecting the first takeover bids to come in within the next few weeks. Once a deal is made and everything is settled I’m sure Bond 23 will get put back into the pipeline. This is probably another reason why The Hobbit hasn’t officially been Greenlit yet. The producers go on to talk about the state of pre-production and the artistic direction for the film. We recently heard that the story was going to be shocking.
Well... we've hired the writers and we've been working with them but it's just too early to say anything. You know, often at this stage, I find myself saying, 'Oh, we're gonna do this and that', then six months from now you'll say, 'That isn't in the film at all - you told me it was...' I think we're at the stage where a lot of ideas are floating around that sound very good, but whether they make the final cut, who knows?
Who Knows? At this point it seems no one does. All we can do is hope that everything gets settled soon so some of these film properties like James Bond and The Hobbit can finally movie forward.