Sam Mendes Directing Pinocchio

Disney just keeps tearing through their vault of animated classics in order to bring younger audiences live-action remakes of the movies that their parents fell in love with when they were kids. Beauty and the Beast became a box office sensation this year, and The Lion King, Dumbo, Mulan and Aladdin are marching towards production. Now their remake of Pinnochio is making some progress.

While Pinocchio was announced back in the spring of 2015, news has just surfaced that Skyfall director Sam Mendes is in early talks to direct the remake of the classic 1940 animated film about a woodworker named Geppetto who makes a wish on a falling star for his recently created wooden puppet to become a real boy.

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My Favorite Thing is Monsters adaptation

After spending a few years of exploring James Bond’s personal demons, director Sam Mendes is considering adding another comic book adaptation to his filmography with My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. The director, who previously adapted Road to Perdition for the big screen, is in talks to turn Emil Ferris‘ acclaimed graphic novel into a movie for Sony. The story involves “B-movie horror and pulp monster iconography.”

Below, learn more about the potential My Favorite Thing Is Monsters adaptation.

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James and the Giant Peach Remake

Director Sam Mendes may be done with James Bond, but now he’s in early talks to take on another familiar James from the pages of literature.

The Skyfall and Spectre director is currently negotiating with Disney to develop and direct a new live-action take on James and the Giant Peach, based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl, which was previously turned into a stop-motion animated film by The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick in 1996. It’s just one more live-action remake from the animation vaults of Disney. Read More »

X-Men: Apocalypse - Bryan Singer

Blockbuster franchises can do great things for a filmmaker’s career, but most of them don’t want to remain stuck churning out sequels for the rest of their careers. Case in point: After four X-Men movies, Bryan Singer is ready to step away from the X-universe for a little while. “I’d like to do something different,” he said, while adding that he could still return in the future.

Meanwhile, Sam Mendes, who directed Skyfall and Spectre, says he’s done with Bond for good, for real this time. Read their comments below. Read More »

The Toothsome Chocolate Factory - Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory

I’m sure I was like many other children, watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and imagining what it would be like to visit this fictional candy wonderland. Well now news comes that Universal Studios will be building a real-life Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory as part of their Universal Orlando resort. And coincidentally, Warner Bros has announced that they will be launching a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical on Broadway in spring 2017. Learn details on both of these projects, after the jump.

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Bond 25

Last fall brought the return of Daniel Craig as James Bond in Spectre, and along with him came a classic villain played by Christoph Waltz. As of now the future of the 007 franchise is uncertain, with no new movie in development and no official or unofficial sequel date on the horizon, but there may be one detail that is already set.

Christoph Waltz is rumored to be coming back not just for Bond 25, but also for Bond 26. However, there’s a catch. Waltz will only return for the sequels if Daniel Craig comes back as James Bond. Otherwise he’s out. Find out more below, but beware of spoilers for Spectre if you haven’t seen it. Read More »

Sam Mendes Ranking

Director Sam Mendes had plenty of experience in theater before directing his first film. The skills he acquired from the stage, like his eye for performances, was evident even in his debut feature American Beauty, which won him his first Oscar. Even when a film from the director doesn’t fully come together, the performances are still worth talking about.

After the jump, read our ranking of Sam Mendes’ films.

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bond 25

Spectre has literally just opened in theaters and here we are, already talking about the next 007 movie. Then again, this comes with the territory James Bond – when you’ve been around for 53 years and 24 movies, the series itself becomes bigger than a single entry. You have to consider each movie as a part of the whole, and that includes speculating on where the next movie will take us.

Right now, we have no idea where the 25th James Bond movie will be going, who will direct, or even if Daniel Craig will come back for another round with the character. After all, director Sam Mendes sounds like he’s done and producer Michael G. Wilson has confirmed that Craig is not contracted for five films, as previously reported.

Hit the jump for the latest updates about what’s to come for Bond 25.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens might be at the top of everyone’s mind today, but Sony would really appreciate it if you tried to remember it’s not the only new installment of a long-running action franchise coming this fall. There’s also Spectre — the 24th Bond film, the fourth one starring Daniel Craig, and the second one directed by Sam Mendes.

To help remind you of that fact, the studio has just released a whole bunch of new odds and ends from the film. Maybe the most intriguing piece is an in-depth featurette on the music of Spectre, with theme song singer Sam Smith, but there’s also a new TV spot and a new clip for your enjoyment. See it all after the jump.  Read More »

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sam mendes interviews

Director Sam Mendes is guest-editing next month’s issue of Empire and he really delivered the goods. He could have easily just coasted on this gig and used his temporary position to just remind people that Spectre is coming out on November 6th, but instead, he rounded up a bunch of Hollywood’s biggest and most respected directors and asked them simple questions about their filmmaking process. The answers are fascinating.

To check out some highlights from the Sam Mendes interviews, hit the jump.

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