Today’s announcement that development of Bond 23 has been suspended has left the 007 fan community in shock.
With news of the film’s postponement spreading throughout the world, MGM have so far declined to comment, leaving speculation to mount over what this means for the future of the franchise – and the studio.
On industry blog Deadline Hollywood, Nikki Fenke and Mike Fleming speculate that the announcement was made to signal to MGM that Eon will not proceed to develop the film while the studio remains beset with financial difficulties.
A source told the site, “It feels like Eon is sending a message to MGM. If they try to continue as a standalone studio, don’t expect to be making any Bond films.”
The speculation is in line with previous reports suggesting Eon won’t proceed with development of Bond 23 while MGM’s future remains in question.
Elsewhere, The Hollywood Reporter claims some parties have been suggesting MGM may sell off its rights to co-produce the Bond films in order to raise more capital.
Meanwhile, Daniel Craig is reportedly backing Eon’s decision to halt development of the latest James Bond film. BBC News quotes the actor as saying, “I have every confidence in Barbara [Broccoli] and Michael [G. Wilson]’s decision and look forward to production resuming as quickly as possible.”
Keep watching CommanderBond.net for more on this story as it breaks.