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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Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
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.
Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
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 »
Sequel Bits: ‘Fast & Furious 6′, ‘Transformers 4′, ‘Anchorman 2′, ‘Scary Movie 5′, ‘Monsters University’, ‘Hatchet III’, ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’
Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
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
The combination of Sam Mendes and James Bond proved a potent one in Skyfall, resulting in the highest box office grosses of the franchise’s 50-year history. No wonder, then, that producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson were eager to pull him back on board for Bond 24. For a while it seemed they’d get their wish, but Mendes has now confirmed that he has passed on the project. Read more after the jump.
His arsenal of high-tech gadgets aside, James Bond’s tastes seem to run toward the classic: sharply tailored suits, ice-cold martinis… and 2D movies. While action properties from Marvel to Harry Potter to Star Trek have embraced 3D technology in recent years, 007 has been happy so far to stick with good old-fashioned 2D.
But that could be about to change. While nothing has been confirmed as of yet, a few clues scattered around the Internet are pointing to a possible IMAX 3D re-release for the very first James Bond movie, Dr. No.
If Sean Connery‘s Bond is coming to IMAX 3D, can Daniel Craig‘s be far behind? Hit the jump to keep reading. Read More »
Sequel Bits: Steven Spielberg Once Got Rejected For James Bond, Plus: ‘Riddick’, ‘S-VHS’, ‘Lost Boys 4′
Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
Let’s run through a few sequel-related odds and ends. After the jump:
- Katee Sackhoff explains why Riddick got an R rating
- Steven Spielberg reveals that he once offered to do Bond
- Get your first peek at the horror anthology S-VHS
- Corey Feldman confirms that Lost Boys, as a series, is dead
Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
Part way into the new James Bond film, Skyfall, 007 is led to a deserted island, wherein waits the film’s villain, Silva. But this isn’t your typical deserted island — it’s no sandy outcrop with a couple palm trees and a few buried, empty bottles of rum. No, this is a portrait of urban blight in miniature, a place where everyone’s luck ran out, but the city-like structures they built still stand.
And it’s a real place. Or, at least, it is based on a real place. The island in the film gets its own fictional backstory, but the look of the place is based in great detail on an island called Hashima, on which thrived a tiny but densely populated company mining town. Abandoned in the ’70s, Hashima stands now as one of the strangest ghost towns on Earth. Read More »