Has MGM's crappy luck spared us all a Sam Mendes–directed James Bond movie? EON Productions' Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced today that all development on the23rd 007 film is on hold for now pending some resolution to MGM's hilarious money problems (the studio, currently weighed down by a $4 billion debt, is inexplicably having trouble finding a buyer):
Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on 'Bond 23' indefinitely. We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of Bond 23.
The followup to 2008's Quantum of Solace had been tentatively scheduled for a 2011 release, but now who knows! In the interim, Mendes is free to find other work, and Daniel Craig can put on as much weight as he likes.
Bond 23 Delayed Indefinitely [Coming Soon]