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BOND 23 is on hold until MGM gets its act together

In today's most disappointing news, production on the next James Bond film has been suspended indefinitely due to the ongoing uncertainty over MGM's future. Stewards of the franchise since 1995, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions issued a joint statement today, according to (via Filmonic).

"Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on 'Bond 23' indefinitely. We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of 'Bond 23,'" stated Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli jointly.

While the timeline of Bond 23 has been up in the air for some time, it's sad to see it officially delayed. It could be months before Time Warner or another company purchases all or part of MGM. It's not a good situation. The film was scheduled to hit theaters in the 2011/2012 time frame. 


BOND 23 girls cast, and they're from HOUSE and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

That's right. MGM may be in trouble, but Bond 23 is still on the move with Sam Mendes (American Beauty) attached to direct. The Daily Mirror now confirms that Freida Pinto, who you may remember as Latika in Slumdog Millionaire, has landed a lead role in the film. Olivia Wilde, best known for her role on Fox's House M.D., is set to play a more villainous role in the film. More on Mendes, Pinto, and Bond after the jump.

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BOND 23 is coming, but nobody knows when. Sam Mendes might direct, but nobody knows for sure.

For a covert operative, James Bond has been in the news a lot lately. Everyone seems to be wondering about the progress of the Bond 23--the unnamed 23rd Bond film. The problem centers around MGM, the owner of the Bond franchise, and how it happens to be $3.7 billion dollars in debt and auctioning off its assets. I compiled the last few days of big Bond news after the jump. 

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James McAvoy to play Ian Fleming, the man behind James Bond

Now this looks interesting. James McAvoy (Atonement) is attached to play a young Ian Fleming in an upcoming biopic of the author. Fleming is the creator of James Bond and author of 12 books based on her majesty's super spy. Of course, there are 22 Bond films out now, and another around the corner, but most of the post-Roger Moore films, save Casino Royale, are not based on Fleming's novels. 

According to Pajiba, the film has a $40 million budget and is based on the book, Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond, by Andrew Lycett, who has written a number of biographical books, including one on Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. It focuses on Fleming's inspirations for the Bond stories, which come from his years as an "aimless playboy" and life changing experiences during World War II.

I didn't know that James Bond was somewhat autobiographical. Hopefully they get the rights to use Bond images and music. Either way, McAvoy is a great choice, and is good at tailoring himself to roles. His career could take a tumble if he screws this one up though. Just ask George Lazenby.


Movie News Bits - some ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT movie plot details, 23rd Bond to film next year, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2?, Netflix on PS3

News without the fluff. I still haven't come up with a tagline for this. In any case, nothing earth shattering happened this weekend, but we did get a few new details on the "Arrested Development" movie, Netflix, and the next Bond film. Enjoy.

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