Sam Mendes to Helm 007 #23?

Rumors are flying around on-line about Sam Mendes signing on to direct Daniel Craig in the next James Bond movie.  Some sites have Mendes directing, others have him coming on to consult while MGM pleads with him to consider directing.

Either way, I think this is excellent news.  What worked best about “Casino Royale,” (“Quantum of Solace” was kinda a non-starter,) was the attention paid to the character.  Hopefully with a script by “The Queen,” and “Frost/Nixon” writer Peter Morgan, (along with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade,) will get things back on track.  And adding Mendes to the project, in any fashion, would be a huge step in the right direction.

Eastwood to Tackle Supernatural Story

Clint Eastwood will tackle a supernatural story written by Peter Morgan and, reportedly starring Matt Damon.  Morgan wrote “The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon,” and has recently been announced as the writer of the next James Bond movie.

The plot of this new Eastwood/Damon movie, titled, “Hereafter,” is unknown.  Reportedly, it is a supernatural thriller in the vein of “The Sixth Sense.”  If these three names weren’t enough to excite you, Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall will produce.

Eastwood’s latest movie “Invictus,” starring Damon and Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela will be released this coming December.

Peter Morgan Joins Bond Writing Staff

Peter Morgan, Oscar nominated writer of “Frost/Nixon,” and “The Queen,” has been annouced as joining Neal Purvis and Robert Wade as working on the script for the 23rd James Bond movie.

Purvis and Wade have been writing the Bond scripts since “The World Is Not Enough,” though they’ve had help on “Casino Royale,” and last year’s “Quantum of Solace,” and it seems that their work is much improved by having another writer give it the once-over.  (Don’t get me started on “The World Is Not Enough.  Seriously.)

Bond 23 will once again star Daniel Craig, (the third film in his four movie contract,) and will most likely be released in 16 months.  Other than that, there is very little information about the movie.  This is the first real news about the film and, in my opinion, it’s the right kind of news.  Can’t wait to see what they cook up this time.

Review: Frost/Nixon

Review: Frost/Nixon

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Recreating events from recently past history in a film is a tricky business.  If part of your audience remembers the event, the concern is that they’ll be looking at the details and not the overall story.  When your film is about a former president, the scrutiny is that much greater.
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