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The James Bond franchise is currently in a place of relative uncertainty. Daniel Craig may or may not come back to do another movie, but Sony definitely wants him to. Even if he does, it has already been established that director Sam Mendes, who did both Skyfall and Spectre, won't be returning to the director's chair for James Bond 25. That means someone will have to fill those shoes and John Wick director Chad Stahelski would be interested in taking the job.
I recently had the chance to speak with Chad Stahelski, who directed Lionsgate's John Wick and the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 2. There are clearly some parallels between the John Wick franchise and the James Bond franchise. When asked if he would be interested in directing a James Bond movie in the future, he seemed very interested, assuming the producers were interested in his take on it. Here »
John Wick is a movie that seemingly came out of nowhere in 2014 and took everyone by surprise. It had been a long time since anyone had seen an action movie of that caliber grace the big screen and there were a lot of elements that made it work. For one, it had been years since audiences saw Keanu Reeves do anything like this, and it is very clear that this is right in his wheelhouse. But perhaps the real thing that makes John Wick, and the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 2 so great is director Chad Stahelski.
As a man who has been working as a second-unit director and stuntman in the industry for more than two decades, he understands action and how to execute it. That is why Lionsgate's John Wick was the perfect vehicle for him to jump into the world of directing and why John Wick: Chapter 2 »
The full international jury for this year’s Berlin Film Festival has been announced.
It was previously announced that Paul Verhoeven would head up the jury this year, and now the organizers have released the rest of the jury to judge the films in-competition. They are producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (Tunisia), artist Olafur Eliasson (Iceland), actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (USA), actress Julia Jentsch (Germany), actor and director Diego Luna (Mexico), and director and screenwriter Wang Quan’an (People’s Republic of China).
This year’s Berlinale, the Berlin Film Festical, kicks off in Germany on February 9th through to the 19th. Keep it Thn for full coverage.
Paul Verhoeven, Jury President, Director, Screenwriter (The Netherlands)
The Dutch director and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven began his directing career in 1969 with the successful Dutch television series Floris. After his feature film debut Business is Business in 1971, came the erotic thriller Turkish Delight in 1973, a »
- Paul Heath
By Sofia Smith-Londono.
War films are often great sprawling stories of sacrifice, heroism, the atrocities and intricacies of war. For many of us, these visceral, telling tales of war are as close as we’ll get, but behind the camera lies an important story of a real life event that has to be told.
Mel Gibson’s new film Hacksaw Ridge out in cinemas on 26th January displays the horror of war and one man’s determination to put a little bit of the world back together again. This is the story of Desmond Doss (BAFTA nominated Andrew Garfield) how he overcame monumental adversity and how he miraculously saved 75 men at the Battle of Okinawa without carrying a weapon
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Steven Spielberg brings to light the reality of one of the bloodiest wars and most brutal scenes in recent history. The film opens on 6th June 1944, D-Day with the allied invasion of Normandy. »
- The Hollywood News
They reportedly had a civil ceremony at a register office and then had a formal blessing in front of friends in an English country church, St. Michael and All Angels, in Great Tew, Oxfordshire.
The latest James Bond movie, Spectre, which was the fourth to feature Daniel Craig as 007, came out more than a year ago. Nothing about the next movie in the long-running franchise has been revealed at this time. It isn't even clear if Daniel Craig is going to return, though Sony really wants him to. With that in mind, there have been a lot of names thrown around when it comes to who may replace Craig as the next Bond. Tom Hardy's name has regularly been mentioned, and now it seems like he has personally dumped some fuel on that fire.
The actor recently spoke with The Daily Beast in order to promote his new show Taboo. The subject of those James Bond rumors did come up. Surprisingly, while not actually saying much, he seemed to confirm that he is at the very least interested, but seemingly implied that some »
Casting the next James Bond isn’t the only task on the agenda for the producers of the 007 franchise, as Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes has decided to pass on the torch and see what other filmmakers can do with the property for Bond 25. And, according to Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road), the heavy crown should next lie on his Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Dunkirk director, Christopher Nolan.
“You know, there’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, and in the fellowship of my peer group, that if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race, ” said Hardy when asked by The Daily Beast if he’d be interested in the role of Bond. “So I can’t possibly comment on that one! If I mention it, it’s gone. But Chris Nolan, what a fantastic director for a Bond movie. »
- Robert Kojder
With the next film in the James Bond franchise set to be the 25th outing, there’s a certain pressure on the producers to deliver an unforgettable adventure. The series has had its ups and downs over the years, to be sure, but for such a milestone like this one, they really need to hit it out of the park. Unfortunately for them, however, everything seems to be very much up in the air at the moment.
Daniel Craig hasn’t officially departed the franchise, but he’s also not terribly keen on returning. Sam Mendes, meanwhile, has also said that he probably won’t be coming back for more. As such, the rumor mill has been piping hot with names who could possibly replace those two and one actor who keeps popping up again and again to step in for Craig is Tom Hardy. Alongside Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston, »
- Mark Cassidy
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