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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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Tommy Wirkola‘s first US film, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, was no critical fave, but it has done over $100m worldwide so far. Now Wirkola is heading back to Norway to make a sequel to his breakout film, Dead Snow. The new one is Dead Snow: War of the Dead, which will follow “the sole survivor of a Nazi zombie attack who battles an even larger army of Zombies with the help of the Zombie Squad, a professional gang of zombie killers from the US.”

The movie will be released in English and Norwegian versions, says ScreenDaily, and the film should shoot later this year. Wirkola said, “We have a script that I am super excited about, which is bigger, scarier, funnier, more action-filled and gorier than the previous one, and I can’t wait to unleash another horde of undead Nazi zombies onto the world again.”

After the break, you’ll find the following:

  • The Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sequel Smiley’s Game moves forward,
  • Transformers visual effects supervisor returns for Transformers 4,
  • Rambo V and The Expendables 3 in the works at the European Film Market,
  • Rooney Mara denies that Daniel Craig will be cut from The Girl Who Played With Fire,
  • Summit debuts a new Red 2 poster,
  • and shots appear from Insidious 2 and Riddick.

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Because it was based on the first of a trilogy of books, David Fincher‘s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was inspiring sequel talk even before the first film started shooting. Yet over a year since the film’s theatrical release, Sony’s made surprisingly little progress on The Girl Who Played With Fire.

Some wondered if Sony’s financial woes or Fincher’s reluctance to return could be to blame, but now a report suggests that the real holdup may in fact be star Daniel Craig. Fortunately for Steig Larsson fans and unfortunately for the Skyfall star, there’s a totally doable fix — his character, Mikael Blomkvist, could simply be written out of the story altogether. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig may be the big marquee names of Skyfall, but the real driving forces behind the Bond franchise have long been Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. The half-siblings are the daughter and stepson, respectively, of late producer Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli — the man who, along with producer Harry Saltzman, first brought Ian Fleming‘s now-iconic spy to the silver screen in 1962 — and have been involved with the series since the Roger Moore era.

At a recent Skyfall press day in New York, I got to speak with the pair about what Mendes brings to the franchise, the advantages of having Craig on board, the importance of interesting female characters, and whether perennial fan favorite Christopher Nolan might ever direct an installment. Hit the jump to read on.

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Could Sean Connery return to the Bond franchise? Believe it or not, it almost happened a third time. Also after the jump:

  • The Muppets shoots this winter, Bret McKenzie returns to write more songs
  • Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore has ideas for a sequel
  • Robert Zemeckis isn’t planning a Roger Rabbit sequel
  • Daniel Craig says Dragon Tattoo sequel needs a script
  • Watch a montage of A Good Day to Die Hard filming
  • Star Trek Into Darkness will be released in Dolby Atmos
  • Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura talks about Red 2

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Before the credits roll in Sam MendesSkyfall, the usual proclamation is made: “James Bond Will Return.” We thought we had plans for that return unraveled last week when screenwriter John Logan was hired to write the next two Bond films for star Daniel Craig. Even more exciting, those reports said that the two movies would link into one overall story, a first in the Bond universe.

Unfortunately that’s not true, say the Bond star. In a new interview he calls the proposition “impossible.” Listen to his quote and more after the jump. Read More »

Dreck like He’s Just Not That Into You and New Year’s Eve are proof that a star-studded ensemble isn’t everything — sometimes, it just means the studio was willing to cut sizable checks to A-listers for not very much work. But when a more promising picture books a bevy of top-shelf talent, it can’t help but add to the film’s allure.

Last week, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray were the first stars announced as being attached to The Monuments Men, and now director/star George Clooney is beefing up his cast with even more recognizable names: Daniel Craig, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, and Bob Balaban. Eat your heart out, Argo. More details after the jump.

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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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