Posts Tagged ‘MGM’

Mendes isn’t on board… yet

January 6, 2010

Nikki Fenke of reports that Sam Mendes isn’t on board to direct Bond 23, yet. Instead, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are in final negotiations with Mendes for him to initially join the film crew as a consultant.

According to the trusted news site:

Daniel Craig is ‘insisting’ on Mendes’ hiring because the actor was stung by criticism of the last Bond film [Quantum of Solace]… Once EON hires a director on their Bond films, it triggers a first payment from MGM. Well, given that MGM is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, and EON may have the right to take Bond elsewhere, it stands to reason that the producers wouldn’t want to do anything right away that further complicates ownership of Bond #23. ‘The producers are working on a deal to bring Sam on as consultant with an eye to direct,’ said one of the insiders. ‘Once they put him on as the director, something happens to the contract in terms of ownership. But let me emphasize there’s not any deal done.’ Said one insider about the choice of Mendes: ‘Barbara thinks he’s smart, which he is. But you don’t need such a fancy director. You need someone who can do an action movie.

MGM has not confirmed any of these reports and has denied reports that pre-production on Bond 23 is on hold.


Mendes. Sam Mendes…

January 5, 2010

British director Sam Mendes will take on the 23rd James Bond film, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The site reports that Mendes – the director of “American Beauty”, “Revolutionary Road”, and “Jarhead” –  is currently in negotiations with Eon Productions’ Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson to direct Daniel Craig’s third 007 outing.

The site also goes ahead and states, “Production is being fast-tracked and could begin as early as June with an eye toward a 2011 release. Plans for the film are moving forward despite a possible sale of MGM. Sony co-produced and distributed the most recent installment of the 007 series with MGM.”

No official statement has been made by EON Productions, however, so Bond fans will have to wait for verification.

Shocking. Positively Shocking…

December 21, 2009

A new interview with screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) has revealed some limited information regarding the 23rd James Bond film.

Morgan was writing the Bond 23 screenplay from July to October of this year and described it as “a shocking story”. He also stated, “There is a level of hysteria that I haven’t seen before. [James Bond] is a magnet for publicity—everyone wants to know what is going on with the new film.”

Pre-production for Bond 23  has been put on hold until February as MGM, through which EON Productions release the 007 pictures, is up for sale. Because of this, it was also revealed that work on the next Bond film has been put on hold until February 2010.

So long as Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are involved in the Bond series, I have little-to-no faith for the next film. I hope Peter Morgan can infuse some intelligence in the next Bond story, rather than making it yet another “shoot ’em up”, impotent, mindless James Bond adventure.

2010: James Bond back in action again?

October 23, 2009

According to Access Hollywood, actor Daniel Craig told fans that Bond 23 starts up in late 2010.

An extra year will probably help MGM sort out their current financial situation, also.

As of now, we know that Bond 23 is being written by  Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and Peter Morgan, who penned “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon”. David Arnold will return to compose his sixth Bond film score. However, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have yet to announce a director.

This is good news. Perhaps it’ll give the Bond team a chance to develop a fresh story, with fresh characters. Maybe they’ll use the time wisely to seek out an experienced director, too.

Four Tet's "Crawl, End Crawl" – Now on iTunes

December 9, 2008

Four Tet and Sony/MGM/Columbia Pictures have finally released “Crawl, End Crawl” on iTunes. Here’s the link:

iTunes > Four Tet > “Crawl, End Crawl”

You could also access the track if you go to your iTunes store and simply submit “Crawl, End Crawl” in the Power Search



"Crawl, End Crawl" on iTunes

"Crawl, End Crawl" on iTunes