If, for some reason, you actually needed reassurance that the James Bond franchise would still be shaking, not stirring more movies, then it seems that good news has arrived. In a recent conference with investors, MGM Studio has revealed that yes, indeed, the next Bond film with a returning Daniel Craig is in the works, targeted within the next three years.
Certainly, those who thought that the venerable spy franchise, which just passed its 50th anniversary, had become tedious to the public were forced to eat major crow when last year's Skyfall raked-in an astronomical $1.1 billion worldwide. Thus, it's safe to say that James Bond still has plenty of baddies to shoot and alluring, exotic-accented "assets" to "debrief" on the big screen for quite a while.
According to MGM Chairman and CEO, Gary Barber:
"We are very excited about the franchise, we look forward to announcing a director soon. We are currently developing the screenplay and working with our partners. We look forward to developing the script soon and signing a director. We are hoping within the next 3 years it will be released."
It was also revealed that the combined $1+ billion dollar takes of both Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey helped triple the 2012 net income of the studio which just a few years back had declared bankruptcy.
At the moment, this next film, the 24th in the series (not counting the non-canon Never Say Never Again,) is still very much in its planning stages. While Skyfall co-writer, John Logan has been tapped once again for the script, director, Sam Mendes will not be returning, having expressed his desire to focus on his theater projects. However, besides the return as Daniel Craig as the darker, badass Bond, expect Naomi Harris and Ralph Fiennes to return as the iconic roles that they were revealed to have been playing. (I'm guessing that's still kind of spoiler-ish.)
"Bond 24" combats terrorists and STD's at theaters sometime before the end of 2016.