Was Joss Whedon’s adaptation of the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing a little more lightweight than you like from the Bard?
If so, the massive Sam Mendes-produced project The Hollow Crown might be what you’re looking for. The BBC series adapts four Shakespeare plays, ”Richard II,” “Henry IV Part 1″ and “Part 2,” and “Henry V,” with Tom Hiddleston, Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Irons and Ben Whishaw in primary roles. When I say “massive,” I mean it, too: this sucker runs over 500 minutes.
The word “epic” is abused with respect to stories of late, but I think it applies here with no doubt. Check out a trailer below. Read More »
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Sam Mendes first said there was little to no chance he’d be back to direct another James Bond film after Skyfall. Producers continued to hope he’d return to the fold, and weeks ago a rumored shortlist of potential directors for the next Bond film was trumped by the unofficial word that Mendes was prepping to sign. (He even downplayed that a bit, afterward.)
Now Columbia Pictures has confirmed that Mendes is signed on to direct Bond 24. Read the full press release after the jump.
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Briefly: More than likely, Sam Mendes is telling people he’s not yet committed to Bond 24 to forestall any questions about what the movie is going to be. But all the same, the director who once ruled out making another Bond film to follow Skyfall, but who was then all but confirmed to direct Bond 24 (and Bond 25) is saying that nothing is set in stone at this point. Read More »
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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Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
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 »
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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Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
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.
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