Christoph Waltz May Be Playing Blofeld in BOND 24

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2012’s Skyfall was almost certainly one of the best entries in the James Bond franchise to date (if not the best), but it looks like returning director Sam Mendes may be upping the ante in the follow-up.  Skyfall was a successful attempt at melding the legacy of the Bond franchise with its most recent Daniel Craig-fronted iteration, as the story simultaneously addressed how a person like James Bond fits into the modern landscape while also referencing some of the series’ most notable hallmarks.  With the ending of Skyfall acting as a mild reset to the goings-on at MI 6, a new rumor now claims that Mendes might be resurrecting one of the most famous Bond villains of all with actor Christoph Waltz’s role in the upcoming Bond 24: Ernst Stavro Blofeld.  More after the jump.

Not Dead Yet: BOND 24 and TWIN PEAKS Season 3 Will Be Shot on Film

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The number of wide releases this year that were shot on film amounts to but a handful, and despite heavy advocacy from filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and J.J. Abrams, the format has become an outlier in contrast to the near-universal use of digital.  Digital is not inherently a bad format, and some filmmakers like David Fincher are able to take full advantage of the opportunities it provides, but the fear is that the choice over whether a director can shoot on film or digital may be disappearing.  That could very well be the case in the near future, but today some relief arrived in the form of news that two highly anticipated upcoming projects will be shooting on film, keeping the format alive for a bit longer: Bond 24 and the new season of Twin Peaks.  More after the jump.

Rumor: Christoph Waltz Could Play a Villain In JAMES BOND 24

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I totally lost track of this but man that December start date for James Bond 24 is coming up quick. As a fan of Skyfall, I’m stoked that Sam Mendes is coming back, since that marked the first time in a long time that Mendes had made a film with any replay value for me.  The last we’d heard on this project Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) had signed on to play the “femme fatale” with Dave Bautista in place to play a henchman character in the vein of the iconic “Jaws.” But there was still no one to really fill out the “mastermind” role.

Now it appears as though Christoph Waltz will be in the film as well (having just fallen out of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales).  While this is still technically a rumor, it comes from a source who is often right about these matters.  And the smart speculation would have him playing an adversary to Daniel Craig‘s Bond.  Hit the jump for more on Christoph Waltz in James Bond 24. The film also stars Ralph FiennesBen Whishaw and Naomie Harris  and will open on November 6, 2015.

HER and INTERSTELLAR Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema to Replace Roger Deakins on BOND 24; May Shoot on Film

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It was incredibly disappointing to hear that cinematographer Roger Deakins would not be returning for Bond 24 after doing such a stunning job on Skyfall.  However, as production on the next Bond installment is poised to get underway in December, director Sam Mendes has now settled on Deakins’ replacement, and it’s an excellent choice.  In Contention reports that Hoyte van Hoytema will be the cinematographer on Bond 24, marking yet another fantastic notch in what’s becoming a heck of a run in the director of photography’s career.  The Dutch-Swedish cinematographer first came to prominence for shooting the original Let the Right One In, going on to do equally arresting work on films like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and last year’s Her.  Most recently, though, he nabbed his most high profile film to date as Christopher Nolan hand-picked him to replace his longtime collaborator Wally Pfister on the upcoming Interstellar.

And not only is Hoytema a brilliant choice to shoot Bond 24, but the movie might actually be shooting on film this time around.  More after the jump.

BOND 24 Villain Could Be a Bigger Adversary for Daniel Craig

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I’m one of the people who thought Skyfall was an incredible Bond film.  Between that and Casino Royale (I sort of consider Quantum of Solace to be an interstitial film, almost a short) I actually feel like James Bond is almost a current, relevant character (despite some of the old-fashioned fan service).  So I remain excited for Bond 24 even though it feels like something of a troubled production (the delays, the extensive reworking of the script etc…) because I think Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig really got it right last time.

We last heard that  Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) was in talks to join the film and now we have another bit of casting info on one of the villains of the piece that doesn’t result in a particular performer just yet, but it does indicate a certain (almost retro) direction the franchise could be headed in.  Hit the jump for more on the latest Bond villain.

Rumor: Sam Mendes Wants Léa Seydoux for BOND 24

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The folks behind Bond 24 had a tough time with that script.  Even though Neal Purvis and Robert Wade opted out of the 24th installment after working on The World Is Not EnoughDie Another DayCasino RoyaleQuantum of Solace, and Skyfall, back in June, news broke that the duo would actually return to do some work on John Logan’s Bond 24 script, specifically stepping to give it some “punch.”  However, it turns out, giving it a little punch might have been a bit of an understatement.

Even though it’s being reported that Logan’s script was in really bad shape, apparently they’ve fixed it up enough now to move forward with casting because there’s a rumor out there that Sam Mendes has his eye on Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) to star opposite Daniel Craig in the film.  Hit the jump for more on that and the state of the script.

Sam Mendes Explains Why He Returned to Direct BOND 24; Says the Film Will Feel Like a Continuation of SKYFALL

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Director Sam Mendes kept us on the edge of our seat with Skyfall, and then he left us hanging as we wondered whether or not he would return for the next James Bond movie.  Thankfully, he decided to get behind the camera again, and in a recent interview with Charlie Rose, he explained his decision.  While his initial reluctance stemmed from the time commitment, he felt that he had left the story incomplete.  “I cast a new M, I cast a new Moneypenny, I cast a new Q, I cast a new Tanner,” said Mendes.  “I felt there was a way to create the second part of a two-part story.”  He also explained that the flexibility on the part of EON, the production company behind James Bond, was also a reason for his return since they didn’t rush back into production on the 24th film. “When they agreed to wait a little longer and not go immediately, and not go with two movies but with one—which I felt very strongly about—because initially there was that plan,” Mendes confirmed.

Hit the jump for more.  James Bond 24 opens in the U.K. on October 23, 2015 and in the U.S. on November 6, 2015.

Screenwriter John Logan Gives Update on BOND 24; Says the Film “Continues the Themes of SKYFALL”

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As an October production start date looms closer, details are finally starting to surface about the next James Bond film.  After crafting one of the best entries in the franchise ever with Skyfall, screenwriter John Logan and director Sam Mendes return to try and raise the bar once again with Bond 24, and now Logan has spoken up a bit to give an update on the project.  The scribe says the first draft is nearly done and teases that the next film will continue the themes explored in Skyfall, so it’ll be interesting to see how much of a “sequel” Bond 24 will be in relation to Skyfall.  As a bit of trivia, this is the first time a director has returned to helm the next Bond film since John Glen directed five in a row, from For Your Eyes Only through Licence to Kill.

Hit the jump for more from Logan on Bond 24, looking to Ian Fleming and the previous films for inspiration, and even Bond 25.

Roger Deakins Will Not Return as Cinematographer for BOND 24

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One of the great things about Skyfall (and there are many) is the phenomenal cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Obviously Deakins always turns in fantastic work, but his collaboration with director Sam Mendes on the James Bond pic was jaw-droppingly gorgeous—which makes the news that Deakins won’t be returning for Bond 24 that much more disappointing.  After some wavering, Mendes and Skyfall screenwriter John Logan agreed to direct and write the next Bond film, respectively, but In Contention’s Kris Tapley took to Twitter today to break the sad news that Deakins will not be back as cinematographer.  Hit the jump for more.

Sam Mendes Closes Deal to Direct BOND 24; Film Set for UK Release on October 23, 2015 and US Release on November 6, 2015

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We’ve got some very exciting James Bond news to share today.  While it’s been looking like Skyfall director Sam Mendes was going to return to direct Bond 24 for a while, Sony officially announced today that Mendes has closed his deal to helm the pic, with Skyfall scribe John Logan onboard to write the screenplay.  Moreover, a release date for the film has been firmed up, as Bond 24 now joins the absolutely insane list of films that will hit theaters in 2015.  The pic will open in the UK on October 23, 2015, and in the US on November 6, 2015.  It’s essentially the same release date strategy as Skyfall.

The pic is currently slated to open in the US opposite Edgar Wright’s Marvel film Ant-Man and the untitled Peanuts movie, but one imagines Marvel will alter the Ant-Man release date slightly so Bond and the superhero pic don’t cannibalize each other at the box office.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

SKYFALL Director Sam Mendes Still Not Locked for JAMES BOND 24

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Earlier this month, we reported that Skyfall director Sam Mendes was not only locked for James Bond 24, but was also looking likely for James Bond 25.  This was a welcome change from his previous stand of opting out of the sequels to focus on other projects.  Unfortunately, you may want to hold off on that celebratory martini.  At the premiere of his stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mendes spoke with HeyUGuys, and said, “In answer to the question you’re going to ask, I don’t know yet. I’m in discussion over the ‘B’ word and I won’t make any decision until this is open. It’s taken a long time to get this open and this has been my focus.”

That doesn’t mean he’s out of the running, but he’s definitely not locked down.  I assume this must be a little frustrating to Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. WilsonSkyfall was the biggest hit in the franchise, and it would be nice to quickly follow up on that success.  Audiences won’t lose interest in Bond, but after Skyfall, we want to see 007 sooner rather than later.

Juan Antonio Bayona to Direct Sam Mendes and John Logan’s Showtime Horror Series PENNY DREADFUL

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The first television outing for Skyfall duo Sam Mendes and John Logan has roped in even more prestige talent.  The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona has been tapped to direct the first two episodes of the new Showtime series Penny Dreadful, which was created, written, and executive produced by Skyfall scribe John Logan and has Sam Mendes onboard as an executive producer.  The incredibly promising “psychosexual horror series” takes place in Victorian London and weaves together the classic origin stories of horror icons like Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Grey, and several characters from the novel Dracula.  Hit the jump for more. 

Sam Mendes Locks BOND 24, Looks Likely for BOND 25

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It looks like director Sam Mendes (Skyfall) is double dipping in the James Bond negotiations as it’s being reported that he’s locked Bond 24 and appears very likely to direct Bond 25.  Mendes was recently reported as being both opting out of the next installment, then in talks to direct it and now unofficially confirmed by ShowBiz411.  The site also reports the likelihood of Mendes helming the 25th film in the James Bond franchise.  That chain of events either unfolded with Sony allowing Mendes to wrap up his other commitments before starting on Bond 24 and allowing him to carry out his storyline with star Daniel Craig, or he just waited until they piled enough moneybags on the scale.

Are you excited to see Mendes return for Bond 24 and, likely, Bond 25?  Let us know in the comments!

Sam Mendes in Talks to Return for JAMES BOND 24

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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. 

Sam Mendes Will Not Direct the Next James Bond Film

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Last year’s Skyfall was a massive hit in every single sense of the word.  The film was met with universal praise from critics, with many hailing it as one of the greatest Bond films of all time, and enjoyed an equally enthusiastic response from audiences as the film has thus far grossed over $1 billion worldwide.  Much of the film’s success is due to director Sam Mendes, who crafted a take on the character that was at once familiar and exciting as the filmmaker was able to call back to the Bond films of old while also exploring the question of where a spy like James Bond fits into our modern society.  It’s a wholly thrilling moviegoing experience, and it’s a testament to Skyfall’s quality that it stands as one of the best films of the very crowded 2012.

Soon after Skyfall’s success, the question began to turn to whether Mendes might consider returning to the franchise for the next film.  The director went so far as to come up with another story idea for Bond 24, but it appears that he ultimately won’t be getting back into the director’s chair this time around.  Hit the jump to read on.

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