Dossiers tagged with "james bond producers"

Michael Wilson welcomes visitors to redesigned

A redesigned was put live today with news stories spanning back to the November press conference. The website had space to promote video games and the car museum event, Bond in Motion, celebrating 50 years of Bond’s wheels.

Michael Wilson filmed a short intro for the website whilst on the set of Skyfall.

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Movement in the MGM saga sparks hopes for Hobbit and James Bond fans

Variety are reporting today that MGM will have its pre-packaged bankruptcy plan approved by a federal court on December 2nd in Manhattan.

The great machine that is one of Hollywood’s oldest and most iconic studios will be restructured in order to clear debt and start producing films again.

For Bond fans this means that 007 will be on the agenda early, as James Bond 23 – along with the long-awaited Hobbit movie – will be big earners for MGM.

The deadline for creditor objections MGM’s proposed plan was Friday, none have been made. A meeting on Tuesday, ahead of the court date will confirm this.

Spyglass have been lined up to manage the restructured company after it capitalises its debt. The Hobbit will benefit from this first, with shooting expected in Feburary 2011 (Summer in New Zealand) but the producers of the 23rd James Bond film have been typically silent on their plans.

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James Bond producers voice opinions in the MGM sale scenario

Barbara Broccoli, co-producer of the James Bond films, has voiced an opinion on how MGM should proceed – or at least according to sources. As Bond fans will recall, MGM’s financial position hangs in the balance with many debt extensions granted by the share holders in the hopes that the big cat’s administrators can get the company back on track and salable.

Now, the Bond producers (who have been, on the whole, silent on this issue to date) are reportedly hoping that Time Warner buy MGM (who own a share of 007). Without a cash injection, such that would come with the purchase of MGM, the EON/MGM Bond producing partnership’s days may be numbered.

Big film names including Spyglass Entertainment, Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate are all in the hunt for MGM, provided the price is right.

At the Blood Stone launch event Michael G. Wilson cheekily mentioned that he wished he was launching a Bond movie.

Daniel Craig bonding with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

In related news, Mr. Craig (current James Bond actor) has accepted a lead role in the Hollywood recreation of Stieg Larsson’s popular book.

Some Bond fans are concerned at this point that Craig’s role in the film may leave him unavailable for 007. The key issue will be to resolve one challenge at a time – and Craig is more than entitled to seek roles whilst he can.

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Bond 23 producer Michael Wilson confident of bringing Bond back to the cinemas soon

Whilst attending the press conference for James Bond’s new video game Blood Stone, one half of the brother/sister producing partnership behind the Bond films, Michael G. Wilson announced the he was positive Bond would be back in the cinemas, sooner rather than later.

This should help quell some panic that hit the tabloids earlier in the month, suggesting that 007 was axed. Bond 23 has been put on hold until MGM and its financiers can resolve their debts, either through bankruptcy or bailout.

Both Barbara [Brocolli] and I are convinced that we’ll be bringing you another Bond film soon

This was the sentiment from Mr Wilson that greeted Bond fans as the producer appeared to announce James Bond’s newest videogame adventure – shaping up to be inspired by EA’s successful Everything or Nothing with its fast driving interludes and a healthy mixture of stealth and stunts.

MGM administrators currently have breathing space until September 2010 to find funding for itself.

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Millionaire offers James Bond producers help to get Bond 23 restarted

The man behind Chase Vodka and Tyrrells Potato Chips has reportedly approached one of the 23rd James Bond film’s co-producers, Barbara Broccoli, with a suggestion or two.

William Chase hopes to help resolve some funding issues which have plagued EON Productions with regular backers, MGM, in a financial slump and close to bankruptcy.

The approach, the Telegraph reports, has not been declined (or denied) by anyone at EON, but it make take more than one millionaire to selvage 007. Nevertheless, once there is one new backer, others might follow suit. Fans should remember though, MGM owns a share of James Bond, and so no production (under the current arrangement) will go ahead without the big cat’s say so.

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Past James Bond film stars offer encouraging words to fans over Bond 23 postponement

As well as Daniel Craig pitching in a good word for the producers, other James Bond alumni have come out in support of Bond.

Many stars were gathered at an international fan even in London, UK last weekend and fans may be reassured to know both recent Bond girl Gemma Arterton – Agent Fields in Quantum of Solace – and classic villain Richard Kiel – Jaws in Moonraker and The Spy Who Loved Me – say… James Bond will return.

Gemma said: “It shows the state of the film industry at the moment, especially the British film industry. Fingers crossed – it’s James Bond so it has to continue and it will. It’s just a minor blip.”

“They had a gap before… Just before Goldeneye,” says Kiel.

“Somebody bought MGM. So it’ll be made. There’ll be another Bond film, don’t worry.”

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Broccoli & Wilson: James Bond 23 is suspended indefinitely

Sobering news for Bond fans worldwide today as EON productions made a statement to the presses that production on the 23rd James Bond film would be halted indefinitely, until MGM Studios is in a position to finance the film. Read the rest of this entry »

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Could Craig’s “Dream House” delay James Bond 23?

According to a source cited by Britain’s Mail On Sunday and subsequently picked up on the bloggin wires, Daniel Craig’s commitment to “Dream House” – a thriller with Naomi Watts – could push the production of James Bond 23 back even further.

The new James Bond movie, it is explained, is nowhere near ready to film. Where this information comes from, though, is anyones guess. Certain papers have a reputation for sensationalizing the news, and another ‘inside source’ could prove fruitless.

Nevertheless, in the name of balance, here’s the quote run by the media:

The producers have been working on the script for nearly two years and hired Sam Mendes as the director. They’re not even close to starting filming yet.

Followers of will know that Sam Mendes’ role in Bond 23 is fringe at best, until James Bond Producers, EON, (and their distributors… be it MGM or another waiting in the wings) are able to put the money together to finance the next step.

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Producer Michael G. Wilson Admits MGM’s Future & James Bond 23 Status is ‘uncertain’

Fans will no doubt be aware that MGM has been facing financial issues and has made a move to take bids on long-serving big cat. Not only does MGM hold the back catalogue of James Bond films but other big franchises, including The Hobbit and Pink Panther are awaiting stability. For Bond, this means that we cannot realistically expect a new film until 2011.

Today co-producer of the James Bond movies, Michael G. Wilson was quoted by the Express to say that even the Bond-makers are uncertain about their distributor’s movements. “We just don’t know enough about the situation to comment but we know it’s uncertain,” said Wilson.

UPDATE: According to James Bond site MI6, the full quote, as given to Total Film Magazine (UK) 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.”

Additionally, the story carried the claim that pre-production on James Bond 23 had been halted with no time periods specified and the Express appears to fear for 007′s life, claiming “the future of the Bond franchise hangs in the balance”.

This may be a somewhat sensationalized version of the truth, and while James Bond will have to ride out this ‘limbo’ period, so far all pointers indicate that Bond 23 will proceed much as expected with shooting beginning towards the end of this year and a release in 2011.

Bond fans, don’t panic!

On the writing and pre-production process Michael Wilson was also quoted to have said: “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?”

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Will MGM sale advance or delay production on James Bond 23?

This is the question looming in the minds of fans as journalists can only guess at how far down the sale process MGM is?

Recently, despite a debt of $4 million, MGM made it clear they were holding their cards close to their chests – with a pack of non-disclosure agreements being posted to those expressing an interest in buying the big cat.

The most recent development is that Variety claims insider knowledge, announcing that a few of these agreements were returned, signed, meaning that there are parties seriously considering a purchase.

“It’s not a given that MGM will be sold,” explains Variety reporters. “The beleaguered studio has left open the door to continue operating as a standalone entity or forming some kind of strategic partnership if MGM’s 140 debtholders agree to do so, possibly through a prepackaged bankruptcy. The bondholders have agreed to hold off receiving interest payments until Jan. 31 in order to enable management to find out the actual value of the assets and whether it should proceed with a formal auction.”

What does this mean for James Bond 23? Fans had been hoping for a 2010 release (following the two year pattern set by Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) but a 2011 release is far more realistic – provided MGM has its affairs in order by the time it comes to publicise and distribute the picture.

Last time around we were relatively fortunate that Sony was handling the Bond picture, but it seems as if this will not be the case for Bond 23.

Many predict it will not be a simple matter of bailing out the iconic film company and carrying on regardless. At any rate, James Bond fans wont rest easy until MGM is in safe hands and on a sure financial footing.

Here’s hoping someone takes action.

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