marcforster.jpgUsually I leave these announcements to the trades. Yet how interesting that Sony, MGM, and Barbara Broccoli are changing horses in midstream and hiring Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland and Stranger Than Fiction director Marc Forster to helm the next 007 flick, aka Bond 22. He replaces Martin Campbell who did a pretty good job considering that Casino Royale went on to earn nearly $600 million in global gross receipts. Sony’s announcement today follows a weekend dinner party that Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal hosted for key Bond personnel, including star Daniel Craig. With Paul Haggis finishing the script, Bond 22 will begin filming at London’s Pinewood Studios in December. Remember, this is supposed to be the last 007 pic that Sony gets to make; after that, the franchise reverts solely to back to partner MGM. But I hear that Pascal is moving heaven and earth to keep Bond in her backyard. Good luck with that; Harry Sloan is a tough nut to crack. As for Forster, he says in Sony’s press release, “I have always been drawn to different kinds of stories and I have also always been a Bond fan, so it is very exciting to take on this challenge. The new direction that the Bond character has taken offers a director a host of fresh possibilities.”