1. When Will Bond 20 Be Filmed?

    By David Winter on 2001-03-07

    This small report, related mostly to The Sound Of Thunder, hints that Bond 20 may film this Summer (Northern Hemisphere Summer). Read through it, it’s a very small mention of Bond 20.

    MONTREAL (Variety) – “A Sound of Thunder,” the Renny Harlin-directed sci-fi thriller starring Pierce Brosnan, has been postponed indefinitely as a result of time constraints associated with the possible actors’ and writers’ strikes this summer.

    Brosnan had asked for another rewrite of the script, penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, and the producers decided they didn’t have time to do the rewrite and shoot the picture before the Screen Actors Guild’s July 1 strike deadline.

    “A Sound of Thunder” was set to begin shooting in Montreal on April 16, and the filmmakers had already opened a production office in the Canadian city.

    Producer Elie Samaha’s Franchise Pictures, the company behind “Battlefield Earth,” has worldwide rights to the $80 million film, with Warner Bros. handling U.S. distribution.

    The film is based on a Ray Bradbury’s 1952 short story about a big-game hunter who time-travels to go on a dinosaur safari. But the hunter accidentally kills a butterfly — an event that could change the course of history.

    Executive producer Nicholas Clermont (”The Art of War”) said he was confident the picture would still be made, but admitted Brosnan’s availability becomes an issue. Brosnan is set to shoot the next James Bond installment this summer or whenever the strike ends.

    “It’s one of those facts of life. You just have to deal with it,” said Clermont. “I’m confident this will eventually go. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. But it’s disappointing.”