More signs Bond 24 won’t be out until at least 2015

When will Daniel Craig's 007 return?

When will Daniel Craig’s 007 return?

This is just a guess, but there seem to be more signs that Bond 24 won’t appear in theaters until at least 2015.

First, the co-bosses of Eon Productions, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have gotten involved in another film project, according to THE SCREEN DAILY WEB SITE. Here’s an excerpt:

EXCLUSIVE: Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson to exec-produce love story starring Andrea Riseborough and Damian Lewis, due to get underway this summer.

Oblivion and Shadowdancer star Andrea Riseborough is to star alongside Homeland’s Damian Lewis in love story The Silent Storm, which WestEnd will be presenting to buyers in Cannes.

(snip)
James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of Eon Productions will executive produce and finance the drama, which is produced by Moon co-producer Nicky Bentham of Neon Films….Principal photography is due to get underway this summer in Scotland.

Tea leaf No. 2, courtesy of THE MI6 FAN WEB SITE, is a story that has this quote from actor Ben Whishaw, who played the young Q in Skyfall: “More Bond, but we don’t even know when that’s going to happen, you never know…I’ve heard some things, but I can’t share. I thought it might be the end of this year but I’m not sure anymore.”

Finally, what wasn’t said by Gary Barber, the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Eon’s partner in the Bond movies. In November, he told investors the company hoped Bond 24 could come out in two years but he’d settle for three years. He also disclosed that John Logan, a writer on Skyfall, would write Bond 24 and Bond 25. In early 2013, Barber said Bond 24 would be out within three years. If taken literally, that could mean as late as 2016.

This week, Barber said nothing about Bond 24. At the same time, no investors asked, unlike the two previous quarterly earnings calls.

Nothing is certain. Still, both Broccoli and Wilson have publicly said they don’t want to be compelled to meet an every-other-year schedule. (Here’s ONE EXAMPLE FROM THE LOS ANGELES TIMES.)

MGM, back when it was in bankruptcy three years ago, said having Bond movies out every other year was a major part of its reorganization plan. These days, the company isn’t talking about the subject much anymore.

Maybe things will change. But with no director signed, or even publicly talked about, the clock is slowly ticking on a 2014 James Bond film. Skyfall was announced in JANUARY 2011 and filming began 10 months later. It’s less than seven-and-a-half months until the start of 2014, about the time production would start for a November 2014 release.

MARCH 2013 POST: Why we guess Bond 24 won’t be out until at least 2015

MGM watch: Studio says Skyfall helped first-quarter profit

MGM logo

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s parent company reported a first-quarter profit helped by Skyfall.

MGM Holdings posted a profit of $57 million on revenue of $482 million for the first three months of 2013. The period saw the last theatrical showings of Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film, and the start of the movie’s home-video sales. MGM executives said on a conference call (which you can access BY CLICKING HERE) that the company sold 9 million “units” of Skyfall home video, including 5.5 million in international markets. The company also sold 600,000 Bond 50 DVD sets of the first 22 movies in the series produced by Eon Productions.

MGM’s CEO, Gary Barber, had nothing to say about Bond 24. In the previous two quarterly investor calls, Barber said that John Logan had been hired to write Bond 24 and Bond 25 and that the next 007 film adventure would come out sometime in the next three years. Barber’s comments about Logan confirmed a report that appeared in the Deadline entertainment news Web site.

Barber volunteered no information this time out and no investors asked a Bond 24-related question. Barber said an initial public offering was an option for MGM, but wouldn’t comment beyond that.