Daniel Craig to return as the spy in 23rd outing in 2012
MGM and EON Productions have announced that the new James Bond film is finally back on track, with a release date of November 9, 2012 being set.
MGM filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2010 and, like the recently-restarted The Hobbit films, work on the franchise had been on hold amid the studio’s financial troubles.
A rescue deal and restructuring plan led by US firm Spyglass Entertainment recently saved MGM, which had struggled due to several box office failures and a slump in DVD sales.
Like the last two James Bond outings, the latest special agent tale casts Daniel Craig in the lead for the third time and will be directed by Sam Mendes, reports BBC News. The screenplay has been written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan.
The as-yet-untitled new film will arrive four years after Craig‘s last outing as the spy, in 2008’s Quantum Of Solace.
The actor’s 007 debut in 2006’s Casino Royale was the most financially successful instalment in the franchise’s 48-year history, taking $594million (£385million) at the global box office.