Director Sam Mendes Likely to Commit for ‘Bond 24′

Five decades in, James Bond is still going strong. In fact, Skyfall represented a new high point for the franchise in big ways. Critics and fans ranked it among the best 007 adventures of all time when it opened last year, and it smashed the series record in terms of box office gross.

Whether there’s any way Bond 24 could possibly top Skyfall remains to be seen, but producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are surely trying. To that end, they’re looking to get one of the key talents back on board. According to a new report, Sam Mendes is likely to return for the Skyfall sequel, though no deal has been signed just yet. Keep reading after the jump.

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Not surprisingly, today’s tidbits begin with Star Trek Into Darkness. After the jump:

  • Simon Pegg is laughing at your Star Trek fan theories
  • You can count out Danny Boyle for Bond 24
  • Clerks III already has a 70-page outline
  • Andy Serkis talks The Hobbit and Apes
  • A Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sequel is coming 
  • Barbara Hershey will return for Insidious 2
  • Wolverine, X-MenApes, and Percy Jackson go 3D

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Old people begin and end today’s Sequel Bits, which include updates on Red 2 and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2. After the jump:

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is getting sequelized (as The Second-Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?)
  • Eli Roth is interested in The Man With the Iron Fists 2
  • Producer Gregg Wilson chats about the status of Bond 24
  • Ian McKellen details his decision to return for The Hobbit
  • Look at two more photos from The Fast and the Furious 6
  • See new pics from the London-as-Moscow set of Red 2

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The twenty-third James Bond film, Skyfall, opens in the UK today, and if early reviews are anything like a barometer of public opinion, it could be the most successful film of the franchise. We know that Daniel Craig will likely make two more Bond films, and EON Productions isn’t wasting any time setting the twenty-fourth film in motion.

The current report is that Skyfall co-writer John Logan is already set to write the next Bond movie. But there’s a change from the way these films have been scripted in recent years, as he’ll work solo at the outset. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have worked on Bond films since The World is Not Enough, are moving on. While Logan rewrote their initial draft for Skyfall, now he’s the first guy in line for the follow-up.

Update: Logan will actually write two films; details are added below.

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When I was in London recently to visit the set of Skyfall, the twenty-third James Bond film, there was a good bit of talk about how the long break between Quantum of Solace and Skyfall turned out to be a positive thing for this film. Daniel Craig told me, for example, “the enforced break before this movie gave us the chance to go away, think about things and put together a script very early, and get the best director for the job. That was my only ambition out of it, was to improve.”

That break won’t happen again, if MGM and Sony get their way. Yesterday at CinemaCon Rory Bruer, Sony’s President of Worldwide Distribution, said that the next adventure of 007 is planned for release in 2014. The question, then, is: will Daniel Craig return? Read More »

Several months ago, reports leaked that formerly struggling production company MGM was close to signing a deal with Sony to distribute James Bond 23, starring Daniel Craig and directed by Sam Mendes. That deal was rumored to also allow Sony to “release all future films made by MGM.” Now, official word has come down and only part of that is true.

MGM has officially partnered with Sony to distribute both James Bond 23 on November 9, 2012 as well as James Bond 24 several years later. Then, according to the press release, “MGM and Sony Pictures have agreed to explore co-financing opportunities on future motion pictures produced by each of the respective studios for the next five years.” Does that mean we’re closer to seeing Red Dawn and A Cabin in the Woods or the Robocop and Child’s Play remakes, just to name a few? Maybe. Read more about the deal after the break. Read More »

We’ve known in the past 24 hours that Sony and MGM were working on a deal that would allow Sony to again distribute James Bond, and that would also carry forward as a real partnership between the studios.

Now we have more details, and some of them are quite good. The deal will allow Sony to “release all future films made by MGM,” as well as films that have already been completed. That means we could actually see The Cabin in the Woods, written and produced by Joss Whedon and directed by Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard, and the Red Dawn remake this year. Read More »

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