Royale with cheese: James Bond to return in 3D

23rd instalment in Bond franchise to be first shot in stereoscopic 3D.
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The next yet to be titled instalment in the James Bond film franchise will be shot in 3D, production insiders have confirmed.

Production on the film was expected to commence in the Northern summer, but this has been delayed due to a combination of the impending sale of MGM Studios and the producer’s decision to shoot in stereoscopic 3D.

Producer Michael Wilson recently told reporters in the US that the timeline for the film’s production remained “up in the air”.

“We have to be flexible,” he said. “We just don't know enough about the situation [regarding the sale of MGM] to comment, but we know it's uncertain."

Oscar-winning British director Sam Mendes is in negotiations to steer the film, which will be the 23rd in the hugely successful franchise.

The trend towards shooting in stereoscopic 3D has gained massive momentum following the huge success of James Cameron’s fantasy opus Avatar.

Other 3D films scheduled for release in 2010 include Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and Dreamworks animations How to Train Your Dragon and Shrek Forever After.

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