James Bond franchise eyes Sony, but is Nov. 2012 date possible?


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: James Bond’s headquarters may return to Sony Pictures, after all.

Sources close to the negotiations say that MGM is close to finalizing a deal with Sony to distribute the next 007 thriller, which would star Daniel Craig in the lethal lead role and be directed by Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,” “Road to Perdition”). Paramount reportedly was in the running for the distribution rights, but could not come to terms with MGM, THR reports.

This is big news for a film franchise that, months ago, appeared dead in the water. Since MGM appeared to have set its financial house in order (at least, at the surface level), Bond executives have started the rumor mill running, to the delight of fans. First Mendes was brought on board. Then Javier Bardem was rumored to be interested in the next film’s villain role.

There’s still plenty to settle, though, and it has to happen quick. The 23rd Bond film, which doesn’t have a title as of now, has a targeted Nov. 9, 2012 release date.

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