Posts Tagged ‘Revolutionary Road’

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.