MGM: Next James Bond Movie Expected Within Three Years
by Corey Hjalseth, KHQ Local News Contributor - email
LOS ANGELES, March 19 (Reuters) -- Movie studio MGM said Tuesday that it
expects to release the next James Bond movie within three years and hopes to
soon announce a new director, after Sam Mendes decided to move on.
In a conference call with investors, MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Gary Barber said the studio was developing the screenplay for the next, 24th
movie in the 50-year-old franchise about the British secret agent.
"We are very excited about the franchise. We look forward to announcing a
director soon," Barber said.
"We are currently developing the screenplay and working with our partners. We
look forward to developing the script soon and signing a director. We are hoping
within the next three years it will be released," he added.
He gave no details on casting, but Daniel Craig has already signed on
for two more films in the lead role as the suave 007 agent.
The 2012 Bond film "Skyfall," starring Craig, made $1.1 billion at the global
box office and impressed critics. But Britain's Mendes said earlier this month
that he wanted to focus on his theater projects for the foreseeable future.
Barber said Mendes "did an amazing job on 'Skyfall'. We are very thankful for
the work that he did."
Privately held MGM jointly produced "Skyfall" with Sony Corp's movie studio
MGM said Monday that "Skyfall" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
had helped bring a three-fold increase in its 2012 net income.
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