Penelope Cruz Rumored For ‘Bond 24′

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Briefly: Now that we’ve got the director question solved, casting speculation can begin in earnest for Bond 24, which it seems Sam Mendes will return to direct. Despite the fact that Mendes is going to do a UK and Broadway version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory before getting back in the Bond director’s chair, meaning that the next Bond won’t be out until at least 2015, rumors are already flying that Penelope Cruz is cast in the film.

With Bond 24 not due for some time we’ve probably got months to go before EON announces a title and proper cast, so take this report with a grain of salt. Sure, Cruz is married to Skyfall actor Javier Bardem, so it seems like a neat and convenient trick that she’d be cast in the film. But the report comes from Yahoo UK, and the UK press loves to speculate wildly about Bond casting well before any reliable info is available. The source passes on word from an unnamed source that contract details are being worked out now, but since there’s no shoot schedule at this point, and possibly not even a finished script, don’t be surprised if Bond 24 gets underway without Cruz as a Bond girl.

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Sam Mendes Likely to Direct Next Two Bond Films

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After all that chatter about Sam Mendes‘ hesitation to return for the next James Bond pic, and all that fanfare about which other filmmakers might land the job, the latest word is that Mendes is looking likely to helm the next installment after all. And possibly even the one after that. Hit the jump to get the details. Read More »

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Skyfall was a smash, and naturally EON Productions, MGM and Sony want to get a new James Bond film rolling with all due speed. All the companies involved want to get their money’s worth out of Daniel Craig while they’ve got him. The Bond machine doesn’t move quickly, however, and it’s no easy task to choose the path for the new installment of a franchise that is 50 years old and almost two dozen films along.

Since Sam Mendes won’t return to make the 24th Bond film (title TBD) who might do the job? EON is talking to a variety of people now, and some of the names are being reported. Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David Yates, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Shane Black are all “in the mix” as possible directors. That doesn’t mean that any of them will be the person who next brings Bond to life, but it gives us something to think about.

Update: Everyone may have spoken too soon. Deadline reports that Sam Mendes is in talks to return to direct Bond 24. More below.

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Self-professed Bond fanboy Christopher Nolan has confessed his desire to direct a 007 film a number of times over the years, and even gone so far as meeting with the producers. So far, it hasn’t quite worked out. Now that Sam Mendes has officially turned down Bond 24, though, it seems Nolan may finally get his shot.

A new report indicates that the Dark Knight director is in informal talks to helm the next Bond film, and possibly even the one after that if all goes well. Given that Skyfall bore more than a few marks of Nolan’s influence, Nolan seems like an obvious but excellent pick. More details after the jump.

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James Bond movies have historically ended with a note announcing that Bond will return. Bond is among the only elements of the series guaranteed to be back each time, however, as other characters, actors, writers, and directors all are subject to change.

Skyfall director Sam Mendes had the luxury of working with a script that had much time to develop, and his film became the series’ most successful, with a global haul of over a billion dollars. There were many hopes that he would stick around for the 24th Bond film, which is in the writing and planning stages now for a release within the next three years.

But the director recently said that he’s going to move on. That dashed some fans’ hopes, but evidently not those of producer Barbara Broccoli. She’s still expressing confidence that Mendes will make another Bond movie, even if he doesn’t make the next one. Read More »

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Well before the unprecedented international success of James Bond’s 23rd adventure, Skyfall, MGM was looking ahead to his 24th film and beyond. Sam Mendes then delivered a tour-de-force entry into the franchise which almost doubled the gross of the series’ previous highest grossing film. Even before its release, screenwriter John Logan began working on the sequel. MGM slated the film for a tentative 2014 release, but the next chapter was dealt a blow when Mendes said he wasn’t returning to direct.

That news has changed MGM’s thinking in regards to Bond 24. In a new conference call, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MGM Gary Barber said they hope to announce the new director soon and have the film “within the next three years.”  Read More »

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Dwayne Johnson‘s gone from franchise to franchise the past few years, but now he may finally be ready to lead an offshoot of his own. The actor reveals a Luke Hobbs spinoff could “possibly” arrive after Fast & Furious 6. Also after the jump:

  • Johnson also talks Bond and Expendables 3
  • The Transformers series will return to Chicago
  • Scary Movie 5 gets a slightly less crass poster
  • No, Meryl Streep will not be in Anchorman 2
  • See Bruce Willis‘ international G.I. Joe poster
  • Cobra Special Forces has a message for the Joes
  • Hatchet III teaser is all about Victor Crowley
  • Monsters University reacts to March Madness

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There are directors who seem to work solely in massive studio productions, and others that seem determined to stick with intimate indie-style flicks. Danny Boyle falls into the latter, though he says it’s not due to a distaste for the former. “I love watching those movies,” he insists. Nor is it that he can’t see the appeal. In fact, he flirted with the idea of directing Alien 4 many years ago.

Nowadays, he’s comfortable with the knowledge that $200 million pictures aren’t for him, and not even a franchise like James Bond can get him to change his mind. At a recent 92YTribeca event in New York City, Boyle divulged his thoughts on big-budget filmmaking, the Bond series, his brush with Alien, and more. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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