Bond 23 would come out “in November” if the head of MGM’s Worldwide Motion Picture Group had her way, according to a Reuters news report, although she certainly meant November 2011.
One of the charges levelled at MGM is that its older management was just too laid back, while since Mary Parent came on board things are starting to change.
However, that hasn’t helped the studio recruit a new chief executive. Studio lenders have reportedly tried to lure Jonathan Dolgen, Peter Chernin and Bill Mechanic into the role of CEO as part of a plan to involving a financial and management restructuring that would see the studio through the next few years, when – it is hoped – MGM’s value would have recovered.
Until the situation is resolved Bond 23 – and other productions, such as The Hobbit – will remain gathering dust.
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June 16th, 2010 at 10:41
Well they are all a bunch of idiots in my opinion. How can a bunch of well paid executives run MGM into such a state? Answer – well same thing happened to Wall street. Greedy Executives and bad money managers story of the decade. Firstly i believe its time Babara Brocolli and Michael Wilson take the owners of MGM to court sueing them of breach of contract with the money they win they can buy back the half share they dont own in the fanchise and produce the films as independents. Albert Brocolli did it in 1977 when Salztman went Bankrupt with Gambling Debts, but he needed MGM to come on board to finance the deal. Now every Bond fan suffers because of this, what a shame. Lets just hope it is resolved soon so Daniel Craig can return as 007 because i would hate to see what happened in 1995 when Tim Dalton left and we had to endure Pierce Brosnan for 11 years as a less than convincing secret agent.
June 16th, 2010 at 11:28
what a brilliant idea andrew
however in my opinion Pierce Brosnan was the best Bond ever
but i do like Dan Craig, and it would be a shame for him to lose the role through other commitments or age if MGM takes too long to sort itself out
June 16th, 2010 at 12:56
Brocolli and Wilson do need to somehow gain control. MGM has shown its incompetence by letting their financial situaation get this bad, while the movies they put out make huge money. It is hard enough to find a good Bond, and they have with Craig, but a Bond actor is only really good for so long before he starts looking too old. My daughter has walked by during any of the past Bond actor’s later movies and said…”is that Bond? euww! he looks OLD!” If all of us hard-core Bond fans could just pitch in and buy out MGM’s share…I’m shure we would!