The producers of James Bond are reportedly ‘panicking’ as Daniel Craig is undecided about his return for another Bond film.
After starring in four films, bookmakers are deciding on a range of new actors for the role. Insiders have stated that MGM have offered Craig a higher wage and have asked about his availability from his reps in 2017 but have not yet spoken to him directly.
Reports have stated that there are five studios fighting for distribution rights. Sony’s rights to distribute the films expired in 2015, meaning that there are two companies who currently own the film rights. These are Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Eon Productions, who are shopping for the privileges. The four big players courting the rights at this time are Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Annapurna (Oracle heiress Megan Ellison‘s new ‘start up’ company). The deal is for one film only, therefore if they are looking for a long-term lease they will have to prove themselves.
Neal Purvis, who with Robert Wade co-wrote every bond film, spoke about some potential challenges in approaching the new film creatively. He stated that “Each time, you’ve got to say something about Bond’s place in the world, which is Britain’s place in the world. But things are moving so quickly now that that becomes tricky. With people like Trump, the Bond villain has become a reality. So, when they do another one, it will be interesting to see how they deal with the fact that the world has become a fantasy.”
Other than the characterisation, a new director for the film will need to be taken into consideration, one candidate, Chad Stahelski, currently represented in cinemas by John Wick Chapter 2, has said he is interested in projects where you can create a world, and interweave current affairs into the narrative of the film.
The actors in the running are Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, James Norton and Tom Hardy, Hardy being the most popular choice in the running. We are keen to find out who will be cast as the new Bond, with the release rumoured to appear within the next two years.
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Text: Sophia Georghiou
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