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    Christopher Nolan in talks for Bond 24

    Post by Nameless on Wed May 22, 2013 10:53 pm

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    Is he about to step into Sam Mendes’ shoes?

    Given his status as the world’s premiere director of large-scale event cinema, it was perhaps inevitable that Christopher Nolan would become linked to the vacant director’s chair onBond 24, and sure enough, that’s exactly what’s happened.

    The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye reports that Nolan is in early talks with Bond bigwigs Barbara Broccoli and Michael G .Wilson, with a view to the director stepping into the position recently vacated by Sam Mendes.

    Our instant reaction to this one would be that with Nolan embarking upon pre-production on his forthcoming sci-fi filmInterstellar, the likelihood of him jumping straight into another hugely time-consuming property would seem slim.

    However, Bamigboye was frequently on the money with his various scoops throughoutSkyfall’s life-cycle, so it could well be the case that Broccoli and Wilson have at least sounded Nolan out about his potential availability.

    It may be that they’re simply keen to get his take on where the Bond films might go next, with Nolan having previously declared himself a fan of the series.
    We’d certainly love to see Nolan take on the franchise at some point in the future, so ifBond 24turns out to be an episode too soon, hopefully Broccoli and Wilson will be able to pique his interest further down the track…


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    Re: Christopher Nolan in talks for Bond 24

    Post by Xealer on Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:31 pm

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    Whether or not Sam Mendes directs the next installment in the James Bond franchise, 007 will likely be in the hands ofa high-caliber auteur.

    Whether Sam Mendes, following his success withSkyfall, returns to direct the next installment of Eon and Sony/MGM’s James Bond movie franchise, one thing is clear:Only the A-list need apply.
    Over the past few days, there has been an onslaught of media speculation about Eon's meetings with potential directors for the next Bond, which will follow on the heels ofSkyfall, which grossed $1.1 billion to become the most successful Bond movie of all time.
    While some reports are saying that Mendes is in talks to return, insiders insist that that is unlikely because the director is prepping for the June 25 opening of the stage version ofCharlie and the Chocolate Factoryin London. The show will later move on to Broadway. Mendes is also planning a new stage production ofKing Lear, scheduled forearly 2014.

    PHOTOS: The Making of 'Skyfall': Bond is Back, Better Than  Ever
    But if schedules can be worked out, Mendes could re-enter the picture. John Loganis already working on a screenplay.

    However, if a deal doesn’t come through, the names of other potential directors, however likely, shows what kind of director the Bond producers want -- and what level of director the franchise now attracts.

    Ang Lee, Christopher Nolan and Nicolas Winding Refnare just some of the names that have surfaced. They are auteurs and visionaries, men who are used to commanding their cinematic universes but who would be working under the aegis of Eon, which has strict control over the handling of the Bond franchise, if they were to take on the assignment.

    They are also a far cry from the directors of the Bond movies from the 1970s and '80s, such asGuy Hamilton and John Glen, British helmers who were journeymen -- proficient at the job but did not make their mark beyond the 007 pictures.
    That changed a bit with the Pierce Brosnan-led Bond movies, which saw directors such as Roger Spottiswoode and Michael Aptedtry their hands at Bond for a single movie each -- as well asMartin Campbell, who directed two,Goldeneye and Casino Royale.
    PHOTOS: 'Skyfall': New Photos of Daniel Craig as James  Bond, Javier Bardem as Villain Raoul Silva
    But Mendes took the franchise to the next level.
    Attracting actors like Javier Bardem, the Oscar-winning director made a movie that looked to the past as it took its hero in a 21st-century direction. It won so much praise thatit was even viewed as a potential best picture Oscar nominee. Although it ultimately did not crack the category,Skyfall received five Academy Award nominations and two wins for original song and sound editing.
    Given Skyfall's commercial and critical success, Eon would no doubt love to have the Mendes back. But if not, now thatit's seen what a director of his caliber can accomplish, the producers might be more willing to go with another helmer ofthe same level.
    Additionally, there is now a whole generation of top-flight directors who have grown up on the Bond movies and wouldlove to have a chance to put their own stamp on the franchise. They don’t look askance at the series, as previous generations did. And there’s a more materialistic factor: These are almost guaranteed hits, making the upsidevery attractive.
    Heck, we might eventually hit the point where Eon finally comes toQuentin Tarantinofor his take on the quintessential spy


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