JAMES BOND 20 now looks to be starting up relatively soon, and contrary to recent rumors, will star Pierce Brosnan.
Regarding rumors of actor Gerard Butler being up for the role of 007, Eon has dashed them, with a spokesperson for the production company declaring to Reuters, "It just isn't true and I wish these rumors would stop... Pierce Brosnan will play James Bond in the forthcoming production and for the foreseeable future." The spokesperson also declared that regardless of what Butler might have told Scotland's Daily Record, the actor has not spoken to producer Barbara Broccoli at all.
As for when the next BOND film will be ramping up production, Eon announced that the film starts shooting in January 2002 at Pinewood Studios. MGM is eyeing November 2002 for its release.