Dossiers issued in September, 2010

Industry news suspects Sam Mendes is rejecting jobs to make way for Bond 23

Lionsgate’s new trillogy, beginning with The Hunger Games was seeking a high profile director. Candidates included Sam Mendes, David Slade, Gary Ross.

But… according to industry blog, Deadline, Mendes took himself out of the running.

According to the blogger, Mendes excused himself “because the MGM picture is clearing up and it looks like production on 007 could begin by late summer or early fall, 2011 with Mendes at the helm and Daniel Craig back in the Aston Martin.”

Hope is in sight for Bond fans.

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Hope in sight for Bond 23: Spyglass bosses keen to get their hands on 007

Spyglass Entertainment have showing lone interest in Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), the studio that have a financial interest in James Bond 23.

Recently reports have surfaced about studio executives Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum signing a non-binding letter of intent to take over the running of MGM. The big cat’s resources would be in the hands of the new studio and another distributor may be brought in to distribute future MGM/Spyglass features.

“MGM would need a large cash infusion to fund production of new movies including a planned James Bond sequel and two films based on The Hobbit to be co-financed with Warner Bros,” predicted The LA Times.

Despite the much needed, but yet un-sourced, cash injection that it would take to get James Bond 007 back on his feet, it is undeniably good news for James Bond fans. The 007 franchise, along with the Pink Panther and Hobbit properties must be one of the biggest attraction for the Spyglass executives.

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Summit Entertainment loses interest in MGM deal, Spyglass the only party left

As James Bond fans the world over will be aware, the production team of the upcoming James Bond film, Bond 23, is patiently awaiting the resolution of MGM’s bailout or bankruptcy.

Recently, Deadline reported that Summit Entertainment has ‘walked away’ from any involvement.

“Summit is pulling out because the process has gone on way too long and it’s become a distraction for the business,” a source told the film industry blog.

MGM still have a ray of hope in Spyglass – the sole interested party. If MGM get their way, Spyglass would take over the marketing and distribution of all MGM’s projects, leaving the big cat able to produce films for distribution by Spyglass.

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