Blofeld Cleared To Return To The JAMES BOND Franchise
The closest thing we have seen to Ernst Stavro Blofeld on the big screen in recent years is the hilarious Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers films. The character was created by Ian Fleming for the novel Thunderball, which was based on a failed film script. Because of this, some of the character and story rights belonged to the failed film’s producer Kevin McClory. However, after a legal battle that has spanned the better part of 50 years, the Blofeld character is finally available to be used in the James Bond films.
Los Angeles, CA (November 15, 2013) – Danjaq, LLC, the producer of the James Bond films, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), the longtime distributor of the Bond films, along with the estate and family of the late Kevin McClory, announced today that Danjaq and MGM have acquired all of the estate’s and family’s rights and interests relating to James Bond, thus bringing to an amicable conclusion the legal and business disputes that have arisen periodically for over 50 years.
As most of us know, Bond 24 is set to begin production some time next year, joining a plethora of massive movies set to release in 2015. With the news that Blofeld is fair game, I wouldn’t find it too far of a stretch to see him slowly make his way into the storyline of the next film, or possibly show up as a bit of a surprise in the 25th film in the franchise. Regardless, this is pretty big news for fans of the James Bond character. Looking forward to seeing how and when they bring him into the films.
Daniel Craig signed a deal to portray 007 for the next couple of films and with Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes both taking on a couple iconic roles in Moneypenny and M, respectively, and Sam Mendes signing on for more films, we’re in for another treat!
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Source : Bleeding Cool