Well here’s a development that’s surprising for a couple of reasons. Though he outright turned down the offer to return and direct the next James Bond film following last year’s Skyfall, it appears that Sam Mendes has had a change of heart as he is now in negotiations to direct Bond 24. This comes just hours after a report from Variety, which claimed that an impressive lineup of directors—including Nicolas Winding Refn and Ang Lee—had met with EON Productions and Sony about taking on the Bond 24 directing gig. Hit the jump for more.
Bond is back with a bang in Skyfall, a smart, sexy, exciting action thriller that’s one of the best 007 films ever, ranking right up there with From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. It’s certainly the best of the Daniel Craig Bond films with its thrilling chase and fight sequences and the visceral way it reveals the vulnerable man behind the myth who relies on primal instincts and physical prowess to combat 21st century techno-terrorism.
At the Los Angeles press day for the film, Daniel Craig, director Sam Mendes, and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson discussed how Skyfall presented an opportunity to continue to regenerate the franchise and introduce new characters, how they wrote the role of the Bond villain specifically for Javier Bardem, why Mendes was drawn to directing the film, what inspired his decision to cast Bérénice Marlohe, how DP Roger Deakins contributed to the extraordinary look of the movie, and why after five decades Bond is still such a potent franchise. Craig also talked about what he’s learned from doing an action movie and working with Dame Judi Dench whom he considers an extraordinary woman and actress. Hit the jump for what they had to say.
The EPIX exclusive documentary Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, from director Stevan Riley, celebrates 50 years of James Bond, just in time for the highly anticipated release of the latest Bond film, Skyfall, due out on November 9th. The fascinating story focuses on three men – Bond producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming – and the inspiring story behind the creation and survival of one of the longest running film franchises in cinema history.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Barbara Broccoli – who has continued her family’s legacy as Bond producer, along with her half-brother Michael Wilson – talked about how this documentary came to be, what it was like to see her father achieve the American dream, how Bond has always been a huge and extraordinary part of her life, and what it’s like to be a part of something that has not only become a film legacy, but is also her family’s legacy as well. She also talked about why Daniel Craig was the right Bond for the 21st century, that the first cut of Skyfall was only about 8 to 10 minutes longer than its current 2 hours and 21 minutes, and how she’s made sure to sign the actor on for more films. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Disney has picked up Ahmet Zappa and Michael Wilson’s script, Monster Witness Relocation Program. Variety is short on details as to what the story, which is based on an original idea by Zappa, is about, but I think the title provides a fairly strong hint. The movie is being developed as a star vehicle for Jaden Smith.
Zappa previously sold the rights to his novel The Monstrous Memoirs of Mighty McFearless to the studio. That book focuses on “a brother and sister who discover they hail from a long line of monster hunters. They have to learn the family business quick when their father is kidnapped and they take on the most diabolical creature in the universe.” And then Cthulhu killed them. I’m assuming that’s how the story ends.