Say it isn’t so! The latest James Bond film which was in production was just scrapped because of financial problems studio producer MGM is having back in Century City, California. The studio halted production in April of 2010 because of problems, and now the Mirror reports the film has truly been scrapped. Will another studio pick up where MGM left off? Or will the film just never be produced?
Bond 23 (as it was referred to) was rumored to include Rachel Weisz (The Fountain), Judi Dench (Quantum of Solace), and possibly Frieda Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) as Bond’s newest romantic interest. The film was being directed by Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road) and written by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon).
We can only hope another studio picks up the tab or MGM figures out how to get production rolling again. MGM could sell of its stock in upcoming Peter Jackson film “The Hobbit” but apparently execs are not too keen on that idea. Bond 23 was budgeted at £132, which would have cost double the amount of 2007’s “Casino Royale” at £60. (According to The Numbers)