He’s been out of action for a while, but James Bond will soon be reporting to M for his latest assignment, courtesy of Sony.
We’ve heard plenty about BOND 23 over the past few months, including potential actors as the villain and a theoretical release date. But with MGM’s unstable financial situation, nothing could officially happen.
As announced today, Sony will help put the Walther PPK back in Daniel Craig’s hand:
“Sony Pictures Entertainment will remain in the James Bond business after reaching an agreement with MGM to co-finance and theatrically market and distribute Bond 23 worldwide, it was announced today by MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal. Sony will release the next film in this iconic franchise on November 9, 2012 throughout the world except for select International territories, where MGM will directly oversee distribution.
Sony Pictures and MGM look forward to Sony Pictures co-financing and distributing Bond 24 on a similar basis.
“After successfully working on the re-launch of the James Bond franchise with Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, we could not be more proud or privileged to continue our association with Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson, Daniel Craig, and the talented teams at EON and MGM,” said Pascal.”
Director Sam Mendes (AMERICAN BEAUTY, ROAD TO PERDITION) is presumably still behind the camera on 007’s latest mission.