Showing posts with label Tabloid Rumors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tabloid Rumors. Show all posts

May 28, 2013

Who Will Direct the Next Bond Movie?

There have been a lot of rumors swirling around who will direct Bond 24 over the past week or so. Last week, The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye got the ball rolling by reporting that producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson were meeting with Christopher Nolan. While any rumors originating from UK tabloids can (and should) usually be taken with an enormous grain of salt, Mr. Bamigboye seems to be the exception. He's got an excellent track record when it comes to spy movies in particular, and has in the past scooped the trades with items that proved to be true on productions like Skyfall, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Page 8. Personally, I've got faith in him. But furthermore, what he's reporting in this case is basically a no-brainer: simply that the producers are meeting with Nolan. That seems natural. Frankly, they'd be crazy not to! Nolan, one of the most successful directors working, wears his Bond fandom on his sleeve (many of his movies, including The Dark Knight and Inception, contain direct allusions to 007), and has stated his desire to direct a Bond on many occasions. But his dance card is also full for the immediate future, directing the sci-fi adventure Interstellar.

Today two trades owned by the same company are reporting conflicting stories about a Bond 24 director. Variety insists that Skyfall director Sam Mendes has officially passed on the project, which he himself reiterated frequently a few months ago. That trade reports that the Bond producers have been in talks with (or at least considering) Nicholas Wending Refn (Drive), Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Tom Hooper (Les Miserables, The King's Speech), David Yates (State of Play, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and Shane Black (Iron Man Three, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). Yates feels like the most traditional Bondian fit of that batch (and his miniseries State of Play remains among the best television of this century), but any of them would be interesting. Les Miserables was my second favorite movie of last year after Skyfall, but I'm not sure I can picture Hooper directing 007 though. My own top choice remains Tom Tykwer, but his name isn't coming up on these lists despite his frequent collaborations with the current Q!

Deadline, meanwhile, reports that Mendes is back in the mix. In fact, the trade blog makes him sound like the frontrunner. He seems to have gotten over his post-Skyfall exhaustion (when he claimed he couldn't even think about plunging into another all-consuming Bond production), so the main remaining hurdles were his theater commitments (to a musical version of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and a new production of "King Lear") and, according to Deadline, Broccoli and Wilson have "decided to wait for him to work through those other commitments, and he’s now making a deal to start production probably next year." Well, I'm okay with waiting until early next year. But I don't know if I can take another 4-year gap between Bond films! So hopefully they get things moving quickly. As previously reported, Skyfall co-writer John Logan is penning the script for Bond 24.

Sep 9, 2010

Emma Frost Channels Emma Peel For Real!

A few weeks ago we learned that Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, a prequel focusing on the younger days of the characters played in the other movies by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, would be set in the 1960s, thus justifying the casting of James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender in those roles (and necessitating Fassbender's subsequent departure from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy). We also learned recently that Mad Men's January Jones would play Emma Frost, a character whose costume (a white version of Jean Grey's Black Queen costume... it's complicated) was based on Emma Peel's costume as The Queen of Sin in the Avengers episode "A Touch of Brimstone." (See a revealing costume comparison here.) Producer Brian Singer said that Vaughn was going for a "James Bond vibe."  Clearly, he's taking this Sixties setting to heart, and he's also, appropriately, going for an Avengers vibe!  AICN ran this set picture yesterday (depicting Jones and her stunt double in costume) along with a link to lots more great pictures at The Daily Mail.  (Check out that awesome Cold War era helicopter!) It looks like Emma Frost is Emma Peel!  Look at that dress! Is that an Emma Peel frock or what? And those boots! This is awesome.  I'm so excited for this movie now.  I hope that all of Jones' costumes are white variations on Diana Rigg's famous wardrobe. Will she wear a white Emmapeeler catsuit?  I have little doubt that eventually we'll see that skimpy leather Queen of Sin outfit... Personally, I love what Vaghn is doing.  The AICN Talkbacks are kind of disturbing, though, with a million variations on, "Is he making X-Men or Austin Powers?"  Yes, even nearly a decade on, Austin Powers is still tainting any references to Sixties spywear.  It's too bad.  Austin Powers is like the atom bomb; what was unleashed (while it seemed like a very good idea at the time) can't be put back in the tube.  It's out in the world now, and we've just got to deal with it.  Hopefully Vaughn makes an amazing Sixties superhero movie that finally makes people say "Austin who?"

Sep 6, 2010

Tinker Tailor Cast Shapes Up

More details are being revealed (or at least rumored) about who's playing who in Tomas Alfredson's new feature version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, SpyDark Horizons points the way to a story in The Daily Mail alleging that Inception's Tom Hardy has replaced Inglourious Basterds' Michael Fassbender... and reveals the role that he'll be playing to be that of rogue "scalphunter" (Le Carré slang for agents who handle dirtier jobs, like murder or kidnapping) Ricky Tarr.  Makes sense, as Tarr's pretty much the only other young character in the cast besides Peter Guillam, who we know is being played by Benedict Cumberbatch.  Besides Gary Oldman, who's confirmed to play the unassuming spymaster George Smiley, the tabloid states that the cast will be rounded out by Ciaran Hinds (Munich), Jared Harris (Mad Men) and Colin Firth.  That's the first I've heard of Hinds or Harris being involved, but the list omits previously rumored Ralf Fiennes and David Thewlis.  Does that mean they're out? And who are the ones who are in playing? I'm dying to know. Hopefully, all will be clear soon, as the newspaper reports that filming is set to begin in just a few weeks.

Apr 1, 2008

Bondian April Fools

From "Daniel Craig Can't Drive Stick" to "[Insert Hot Brit Artist Of The Moment] To Perform Next 007 Theme Song," UK tabloids are famous for spreading misinformation about upcoming James Bond films. Today, however (April 1), The Daily Star does it on purpose.