Despite a reference in The Hollywood Reporter last week claiming Martin Campbell has “signed on” to direct Bond 21 [MGM: Final bows], CBn has learned that details are still being worked out and the GoldenEye director has not yet committed to the project.
However, the chances that Campbell will be the director of Bond 21 are excellent and it may be just a matter of time before Campbell and Eon close the deal.
Campbell has just returned from shooting The Legend of Zorro (a sequel to his 1998 hit The Mask of Zorro) in Mexico. The Zorro sequel is currently in post-production and is due for release in Nov. 2005. This would allow Campbell to comfortably move onto Bond 21 as his next project. At the moment, Bond 21 is aiming for a January ’06 production start.
As CBn first reported in July, Bond 21 is based on Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel Casino Royale. Still unclear is whether Pierce Brosnan will return (there is a hot rumour that Brosnan is back in talks) or if Eon will go ahead with plans to introduce a “younger” 007 in this 21st installment.
Keep watching CBn for the latest news on Bond 21.