Sam Mendes has officially confirmed that the James Bond franchise will move without him.
The British director who directed Skyfall and SPECTRE recently spoke at the Hay Festival in Wales and said:
“It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it, but I think it’s time for somebody else.”
He also hopes that the next director who steps on board for the next film, comes from an “unexpected direction.”
“I’m a storyteller. And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”
Mendes first James Bond film was back in 2012 with Skyfall, which earned an $1.108 billion worldwide. His second film, last year’s SPECTRE, grossed over $880 million globally. Both films starred Daniel Craig, who according to reports will not return for the next film.
Mendes also commented on the rumors:
“It’s not a democracy… Barbara Broccoli decides who is going to be the next James Bond, end of story.”
Rumors to replace him are Tom Hiddleston, Jamie Bell and Idris Elba. Although no official word from MGM, Sony Pictures, or franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.
Luc Besson has shared some new set photos for his new film VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, featuring leading stars Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan and Clive Owen, which can be seen down below!
Also starring Ethan Hawke and Grammy Award winners Herbie Hancock and Rihanna.
In the film, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.
Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.
Adapted for the screen and directed by Besson, the film will be the most expensive film yet produced and distributed by his EuropaCorp banner. It is based on the French comic series “Valerian and Laureline” by Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières. Created back in 1967, the comic has sold over 10 million copies in 21 languages.
Valerian hits theaters on July 21, 2017.
Dwayne Johnson shared his first exclusive look at his character Hobbs for FAST 8 on Instragam. Check it out down below!
EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: #HOBBS #F8 When you strip a man of all he has. All that's important to him. You force him to return to his roots.. and sometimes that's a very dangerous and twisted place. If I was going to return for another FAST & FURIOUS I wanted to come in and disrupt the franchise in a cool way that got fans fired up and their blood pumping to see a new version of Hobbs and his "Daddy's gotta go to work" mentality and set the table in a cool way for where the character goes in the future. Maybe it's a spinoff movie. Maybe it's more #FF movies. Or hell maybe Hobbs just gets on his motorcycle and rides off into the sunset never to be seen again. Either way, I've had a solid first week of shooting, good to be back with the ohana, good to work again w/ my bud and director F. Gary Gray and our home studio of UNIVERSAL, as always have been the best partners to me and my #SevenBucksProds team. Most importantly… you guys around the world will really dig this new version of the role, 'cause as we always say, disrupters dent the universe. #Hobbs #TwistedRoots #1Disrupter #1Savage #F8
It’s interesting that in his post he teases “spinoff”. Universal Pictures previously revealed that they were planning for Fast & Furious spinoffs and prequels. Could this mean that Hobbs will be in one of the films in the future?
F. Gary Gray directs Fast 8 which hits theaters on April 14, 2017. The film will launch a new trilogy of films, with a ninth film on April 19, 2018 and a tenth film on April 2, 2021.
In addition to Johnson, Fast 8 also stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Lucas Black reprising their roles as street racers-turned-international criminals-turned-super-secret agents. Jason Statham and Kurt Russell are confirmed to return as well. Charlize Theron will be playing the villain, with Kristofer Hivju as one of her henchmen. Scott Eastwood will be playing a protégé of Russell’s Mr. Nobody.
Jake Gyllenhaal will be re-teaming with director Denis Villeneuve for THE SON, an adaption of Jo Nesbo’s critically-acclaimed novel of the same name for Nine Stories and Bold Films. In addition to starring Gyllenhaal will also be producing alongside Riva Marker and Michel Litvak. Gary Michael Walters will be executive producing with Nesbo and Niclas Salomonsson. This project marks the third collaboration for Gyllenhaal and Villeneuve who previously collaborated on Enemy and Prisoners.
A prolific Scandinavian author, Nesbo is a world-renowned writer whose books have garnered countless international awards, sold more than thirty million copies, and been translated into fifty different languages. Most recently, Nesbo’s other crime novel The Snowman was also adapted into a film by Tomas Alfredson for Working Title starring Michael Fassbender.
Marker said of this announcement:
“Denis is one of the most inspiring filmmakers working today, and partnering with him on THE SON represents everything that Jake and I strived for when we launched the company. Provocative and edgy material in collaboration with a visionary storyteller. We were attracted to THE SON because beneath its dark and violent exterior is a universal story about a man who seeks the truth.”
“THE SON is our first development project with Jake and Riva and epitomizes the original, elevated work with top filmmakers that is the raison d’entre for our Nine Stories relationship.”
“Nine Stories has had an extraordinary rapid launch at Bold with our first film together STRONGER already wrapped.”
The Son follows the life of Sonny Lofthus, a once gifted 15-year-old and promising wrestler, whose downward spiral ensues when his cop father commits suicide. For the past twelve years, Sonny’s time in prison has been nurtured by an uninterrupted supply of heroin from a seedy chaplain on the inside. When Sonny learns long-hidden truths about his father’s unexpected death, he makes a brilliant escape and begins hunting down the people’s responsible for his wrongful sentence.
Nine Stories recently completed principal photography on their first feature film David Gordon Green’s Strong, starring Gyllenhaal as the working-class Boston man Jeff Bauman, whose iconic photo of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing captured the hearts of the world. Inspired by a true story and based on the New York Times bestseller, Stronger is the deeply personal account of the heroic journey that came after that photo– defining a man’s inner courage, a community’s pride, a family’s and and an unexpectedly tenacious love. Lionsgate will be releasing the film in 2017.
Gyllenhaal will begin production on Bong Joon Ho’s Oskja and Daniel Espinosa’s Life later this year. He also stars opposite Amy Adams in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals which hits theaters on November 18.
Meanwhile, Villeneuve is currently in post-production on Story of Your Life with Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams and soon begins production on Blade Runner 2 starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Robin Wright.
HBO has officially announced that their long awaited WESTWORLD series will be making its debut this fall alongside new series Divorce, High Maintenance and Insecure.
Here are the details:
A one-hour drama, Westworld features ten episodes and offers a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.
Starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins Jr.
Inspired by the film of the same name, written and directed by Michael Crichton, the series is produced by Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy both executive produce/writer and direct, with J.J Abrams executive producing alongside Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk.
This half-hour comedy series with ten episode stars Sarah Jessica Parker, who also executive produces, as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.
Also starring Thomas Hayden Church, Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Tracy Letts, Sterling Jerins and Charlie Kilgore. The series is also executive produced by Paul Simms, Sharon Horgan, Alison Benson, and Aaron Kaplan. The pilot was written by Sharon Horgan and directed by Jesse Peretz.
This half-hour comedy series with eight episodes stars Isaa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis and Lisa Joyce and looks at the friendship of two black woman and their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations.
Created and executive produced by Rae. The series is executive produced by Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky, and Jonathan Berry. Larry Wilmore serves as a consultant.
- High Maintenance
This half-hour comedy of six episodes follows a Brooklyn pot dealer who delivers to clients with neuroses as diverse as the city. Starring Ben Sinclair as “The Guy”, a friendly pot dealer whose clients include an eccentric group of characters, revealing the dynamics of their lives. From the unexpected and offbeat to the predictable and mundane, the series provides a glimpse into the daily routines of the customers and how they light things up.
Created and written by the married duo of Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, and executive produced by Blichfeld, Russell Gregory and Sinclair.
In addition, HBO released a brief teaser for Westworld. Check it out!
Megalyn Echikunwoke, Eden Sher, Lyndon Smith, Gage Golightly, Nia Jervier, Alessandra Torresani, Marque Richardson, Naturi Naughton and Matt McGorry will be starring in Broad Green Pictures’ upcoming dance comedy STEP SISTERS (previously titled Ain’t No Half Steppin), which is written by Chuck Hayward.
Step Sisters centers on an ambitious black sorority girl (Echikunwoke) who, in order to get admitted to the law school of her dreams, agrees to cross cultural lines and teach the exclusive art of black Greek stepping to a band of wild, party-obsessed white sorority girls whose charter is about to be revoked.
Charles Stone will be directed Matt Alvarez, Lena Waithe, and Benjamin Cory Jones will be producing. Josh Reinhold executive producers.
The behind-the-scenes crew includes Christopher Baffa as director of photography, with Jeffrey Pratt Gordon as the production designer; Victoria Thomas as casting director; Aakomon “AJ” Jones as the choreographer and Lorrain Coppin as the film’s costume designer.
Production begins on Step Sisters on June 1 in Atlanta, with plans to hit theaters in 2017.
Check out these new set of photos for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions upcoming sequel reboot film STAR TREK BEYOND, which can be seen down below!
Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, John Cho and Simon Pegg reprising their roles with Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella and Joe Taslim in new roles. J.J Abrams, who directed the last two films, is producing this reboot third film in the franchise, with Justin Lin directing from a script by Pegg and Doug Jung.
2016 marks the 50th anniversary for the franchise. In case you missed it, CBS will be releasing a new TV series in 2017 with Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, American Gods) as co-creator and executive producer.
Star Trek Beyond hits theaters on July 22.