Opening This Week February 22
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Director Sam Mendes Now Very Likely to Return for 'Bond 24' Next
Completing my 23-film Bond 50 set and arriving on Blu-Ray this week is one of my favorite movies of 2012, James Bond's Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes (who we interviewed last year). We're still two years out from seeing the next Bond movie (possibly late 2014) but ever since Skyfall was released in November, fans have been anxiously awaiting details on the next one, especially because this last one was so damn good. Would Chris Nolan direct? Would we finally see SPECTRE? Well, while nothing is confirmed yet, a report from Baz Bamigboye on The Daily Mail hints that Sam Mendes could be returning for more 007 after all. Read more.
Michael Mann Set to Direct Chris Hemsworth in New Cyber Thriller
Say what you will about Michael Mann, but the man has a vision and he's committed to it. His famous digital photography that worked so well in Collateral didn't fit the aesthetic of his period piece Public Enemies, and though he directed the pilot of the failed HBO series "Luck" since then, the filmmaker hasn't helmed a feature in four years. Now he's climbing back on the proverbial horse, as Variety reports that Mann will direct a new untitled cyber thriller with Thor star Chris Hemsworth in the lead. Legendary Pictures is behind the film which Mann also co-wrote the film with Morgan Davis Foehl (Mass Effect). Read more.
Billy Ray is Writing a Competing 'Mummy' Reboot Script for Universal
Here's something you don't see every day. Desperate for another hit film franchise, Universal Pictures decided last year that they were going to reboot The Mummy franchise, hiring Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts to pen the screenplay, snagging Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci as producers, and bringing onLive Free or Die Hard helmer Len Wiseman to direct. Development has been quiet since September, but now Vulture reports that the studio has made a move that will likely have many scratching their heads: they've hired The Hunger Games writer Billy Ray to write a completely separate screenplay for the same project. Read more.
David O. Russell Also Meeting Jennifer Lawrence at 'Ends of the Earth'
Just last week we learned that Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell was reuniting withJennifer Lawrence in his yet-to-be-titled Abscam drama formerly known as American Bullshit (which also features Oscar nominee and co-star Bradley Cooper). But they won't be done working together after that either. THR has word that Russell has now committed to direct The Ends of the Earth for The Weinstein Company, a project which had Lawrence attached late last summer. This truly is a teaming of Academy Award nominated talent all around as the script comes from Argo writer Chris Terrio. Read more.
Rupert Wyatt in Talks to Direct Denzel Washington in 'The Equalizer'
After doing a terrific job reinvigorating a dying franchise with 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, director Rupert Wyatt made the ballsy decision to step down from directing the sequel because he didn't feel like he could meet Fox's hasty release date. (Cloverfield helmer Matt Reeves eventually took over.) We've been anxious to see what Wyatt will do next, and though he's had a few projects percolating since then, it seems like he may have finally found his next gig. Deadline reports that he's in talks to direct The Equalizer, the Denzel Washington action movie that Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn vacated last month. Read more.
CBS Films Picks Up the Coen Brothers' New Film 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
CBS Films has only been around for a few years, but with titles like Extraordinary Measures, The Mechanic, Faster, and Beastly on their roster so far, they haven't gotten off to the greatest start. But the company did a solid job with Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths last year, and they also turned some heads when they picked up Toy's House recently, which was one of the best films that emerged from Sundance last month. Now it appears that they're really trying to turn things around, as a press release reveals that CBS Films has picked up the Coen Brothers' new 60s folk music indie Inside Llewyn Davis. Read more.