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In this edition of sequel bits:

  • A teaser poster (of sorts) for John Wick: Chapter 3
  • Lethal Weapon 5 might still be happening after all
  • Will Paddington 3 happen? It should, but no one knows yet
  • Bond 25 won’t start production until the end of the year
  • Another behind-the-scenes look at Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • A new Equalizer 2 poster
  • David Leitch offers an update on Atomic Blonde 2 and Hobbs and Shaw
  • Jenn Murray joins Maleficent 2
  • An explanation on Deadpool 2‘s title, in case you needed something like that

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Robert Downey Jr. only appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming for 8 minutes, but those 8 minutes were enough to net him a $10 million payday. If that seems like a lot to you, just wait till you learn how much money Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is making for an upcoming film called Red Notice. Get the details on some Hollywood salaries below.

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‘Bond 25’ Could Start Filming This Year

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Danny Boyle has confirmed he is directing the next installment of the James Bond series. And with that, the Trainspotting 2 director has set the wheels in motion for Bond 25 — including a projected Bond 25 filming start date.

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Bond 25 Screenplay

Danny Boyle may be the frontrunner to helm Bond 25, and if he takes the gig, it could reunite him with Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge. More on the Bond 25 screenplay below. Bond Watch!

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Bond 25 Director

Denis Villenevue‘s Blade Runner 2049 may have underperformed at the box office, but the filmmaker is soldiering on with his next big flick: an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic Dune. In a recent interview, however, Villenevue confirms a rumor that’s been making the rounds: he’s been in contact about helming the next James Bond film. Will Denis Villenevue direct Bond 25? It’s time for a new addition of Bond Watch.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

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It’s been a little over a month since we officially entered “Bond Watch.” If you know the movie news cycle, you know the drill. The next James Bond movie is coming, which means that every single British tabloid in existence is blindly throwing darts at a board, trying to get the big scoop on what the next 007 adventure will be about and who will be in it. Most of the stories that come out of Bond Watch will be stinky helpings of BS, served by the shovelful by sources who don’t know what they’re talking about. But sometimes? Sometimes you’ll find a little gem of truth. That’s the game.

Anyway. Bond Watch: Day 36. Today’s story is that the still-untitled Bond 25 will revisit one of the more infamous events in the series’ storied history. Specifically, the climax of 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

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Purity TV Series

On last summer’s Television Critics Association press tour, Showtime President and CEO David Nevins said he expected to film the series Purity in 2017. That would have been in the can before star Daniel Craig would be needed for another James Bond film, should he even decide to make one. Now that Bond 25 is scheduled for release in 2019, with filming next year and Craig expected (though not officially confirmed) to return, Showtime is waiting for him.

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Could We Be Getting a James Bond Cinematic Universe?

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If you hear the phrase “James Bond Cinematic Universe” and want to lay your head on your desk and not move for a good hour or so, I totally understand. That’s a reasonable response. Every studio wants a connected cinematic universe these days and between the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe, the Dark Universe, the Conjuring-verse and everything else lurking in the wings, it can be exhausting. Why does a series as storied and respected as the 007 movies need a cinematic universe, anyway?

The truth: it doesn’t. Also the truth: a James Bond cinematic universe would completely fit in with the series’ modus operandi of borrowing whatever is cool, hip, or popular and making it its own.

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james bond 25 director

What kind of filmmaker is the perfect match for the James Bond series? On one hand, it seems like it should be a journeyman, the kind of director who is comfortable working alongside protective producers, a capable craftsman who knows how to deliver productions on time and on budget. But on the other, it seems like it should be an artist, someone capable of grabbing this 55-year old series by the lapels and giving it a good shake.

And after Eon Productions‘ flirtation with the latter, it sounds like they’re going back to the former. A new rumor suggests that the 007 producers are eyeing Paul McGuigan for the director’s seat on the 25th James Bond movie.

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Matt Reeves talks about one of the new characters in War For the Planet of the Apes.
  • A weird new poster for Alien: Covenant arrives.
  • Don Rickles had not recorded his lines for Toy Story 4 before he passed away.
  • Mission: Impossible 6 begins filming and adds another actor.
  • Sharknado 5 will debut this summer for some reason.
  • Demian Bichir will star in The Nun.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales reveals new character posters.
  • Is Jeffrey Wright teasing a Bond 25 role?
  • A series of video teasers for Transformers: The Last Knight.

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