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Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig to wait for Bond 23 (for now)

There is no update on the status of Bond 23, but its director and star are still interested, if the financial meltdown at MGM can resolve itself sometime soon. While Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) and Daniel Craig are both accepting projects in the short term, "insider sources" have told Deadline Hollywood that both plan to "fully come back to James Bond after MGM sorts itself out."

Mendes is planning to direct an adaptation of Chesil Beach, an Ian McEwan novel. Craig is currently working on Cowboys & Aliens with Harrison Ford, and may take a role in a David Fincher remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, though I doubt he'll play The Girl. Both hope the MGM problems will start to resolve themselves this Fall. 

As we learned a few days ago, Bond 23 has been cancelled due to MGM's problems. MGM is somewhere between $2.4 and $4 billion in debt. It tried auctioning itself off earlier this year to no avail, and is now searching for a buyer. According to Deadline, Spyglass and Summit are the two frontrunners to lead the dying MGM, if the money is there. Summit, it should be noted, is responsible for the Twilight series, so they are swimming in sparkly vampire cash. 

Priority has been put on The Hobbit series, for the time being. If MGM finds a way to resume production on the fantasy epic (split into two parts), Peter Jackson may direct it himself. Director Guillermo del Toro had to back out due to delays in production. Ian McKellen (Gandalf) may also back out if filming doesn't begin soon. Bond 23 doesn't have these constrictions, which may be why its gotten the axe for the time being. More as it develops. 

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