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A leaked email from Amy Pascal has revealed whom the Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman wants to take on the role of 007 once Daniel Craig departs the studio’s long-running James Bond franchise: Luther star Idris Elba.
An email sent way back on January 4th from Pascal to Elizabeth Cantillon, formerly the executive vice president of production for Columbia Pictures, which distributes the Bond films, simply reads, “Idris should be the next bond.”
Fans have been petitioning for years to hand Elba, best known for playing dedicated cop John Luther in the British crime series Luther, a shaken-not-stirred martini. We Got This Covered writer Sam Woolf included Elba in a list of actors we’d like to see play the iconic spy. And on multiple times, Elba’s possible involvement has gone even further than sheer fan desire, with the actor apparently meeting with franchise producer Barbara Broccoli in 2012 to discuss. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The comedy, about an assassination attempt on North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, has been pulled from release after hackers issued a terror threat against cinemas planning to show the film.
The massive security breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment (The Interview's backers) has seen personal emails and data combed over and made public, ripping back the curtain on one of Hollywood's biggest studios and exposing the inner workings of a multinational corporation.
Digital Spy presents a timeline of events below...
June 20: North Korea criticises Sony Pictures over their forthcoming film The Interview. The Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy centres on a TV host and his producer as they head to North Korea on a stealth mission to assassinate leader Kim Jong-un.
In a letter to the Un, the country describes it as "undisguised sponsoring of terrorism, »
Leaked Sony emails - 'Spectre' is already over budget by around $50 million. Leaked documents from the recent cyber attack on Sony have revealed some of the financial details of the much-anticipated new James Bond film, showing that the budget was originally ''in the mid $300 millions'', but has been reduced to $250 million by the studio. In a series of emails sent by MGM president Jonathan Glickman, he says: ''We recognise that this movie needs to build on the past few films - and there are expectations we must meet for the audience. Still, we must find further cuts. ''This is not about 'nickel and diming' the production.'' Barbara Broccoli, the producer, responded angrily to the messages. What's more, a leaked email from Sony's Amy Pascal revealed her disappointment over 'Spectre'. She wrote: ''It's insane and you know with no script this movie is gonna go over budget. »
According to a document that leaked from the recent Sony Pictures hacking, the new James Bond film, "Spectre," is on track to become one of the most expensive movies of all time, costing around $350 million. MGM president Jonathan Glickman sent emails in early November looking for ways to cut the budget down to $250 million, suggesting to use locations in London rather than in Rome, using less train carriages, cutting back on visual effects and using more elements that maximize a Mexican tax incentive. In the emails, producer Barbara Broccoli is refusing to cut any costs, with Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal adding: "It's insane and you know with no script this movie is gonna go over-budget." Other things learned from the emails is that Sam Mendes cast Andrew Scott ("Sherlock") as Bond's boss "C." Plus, there will be a "lesbian bad lady" and we'll meet Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the evil »
Warning: This article contains a spoiler at the very bottom of the text that some readers may prefer to avoid.
Leaked documents from the cyber attack on Sony have revealed details surrounding the budget for the new James Bond film.
The film's financial issues were discovered in a series of emails sent by MGM president Jonathan Glickman in early November, CNN Money reports.
Glickman's emails revealed that Spectre's budget was originally "in the mid $300ms", but has been cut to $250m by the studio.
The MGM president also went on to list ways in which the film could skimp on certain scenes to save money.
"We recognise that this movie needs to build on the past few films - and there are expectations we must meet for the audience. »
The leaked emails resulting from the hack into Sony has already given us details about the Spider-Man franchise and a potential Jump Street / Men in Black crossover, and now details are emerging about next year’s 007 adventure Spectre. Minor spoilers follow…
According to CNN (via Variety), there’s been some conflict between MGM Studios and producer Barbara Broccoli with regards to the film’s budget, which has been set at more than $300 million. Apparently MGM chief Jonathan Glickman has urged Broccoli to cut costs, with measures to reduce the budget such as swapping scenes set in Rome for London, using three carriages for a train sequence rather than four, dropping a “dramatic finale in the rain [to] lower the cost of visual/special effects, and showcasing the modern aspects of Mexico as an “incentive” to the Mexican market. However, Broccoli refused to budge, prompting Amy Pascal to contact Glickman stating »
- Gary Collinson
Variety reports that the new Bond film could cost over $300 million.
In fact, a memo they've received indicates the film's budget "sits in the mid $300 million" range - a big jump from the $210 million (pre-tax breaks) that "Skyfall" cost to make, and the biggest single budget for a film in history ("Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" holds the record at an even $300 million). Understandably it seems the producers are looking at ways to trim costs.
Amongst the cost cutting measures are shooting a nighttime scene in London instead of Rome, adjusting the finale's location and setting in Mexico to better highlight the more modern aspects of the country, and cutting back on the number of carriages used in a train sequence. »
- Garth Franklin
The after effects of the Sony e-mail hacks are still rippling out across the Internet. We’ve already been clued in to the complex specifics surrounding a potential Marvel-Sony deal, but this latest batch of exchanges hones in on a film that’s already in production. The title of next Bond movie – Spectre - was announced last week in a celebratory manner, during which Sony unveiled its official cast and brief synopsis. What we know now, however, thanks to CNN, is that a month ago, the fate of certain key elements in the sequel were up in the air.
In a series of e-mails between MGM (in cahoots with Sony to distribute the pic) president Jonathan Glickman and Sony, the escalating budget of Spectre became a concern in early November with the price tag “in the mid $300Ms.” Yikes.
“We recognize that this movie needs to build on the past »
- Gem Seddon
Because Sony is distributing Spectre, the next James Bond film is the latest movie to have all its dirty laundry aired to the internet. Compared to the furors over Jobs and Cleopatra, the Spectre gossip is relatively low-key: MGM wants Bond producer Barbara Broccoli to cut the film's $300 million budget, and Broccoli, predictably, doesn't want to. But elsewhere in the emails, key details about the film have emerged, including the confirmation that Bond will indeed face off with Spectre head Ernst Stavro Blofeld (though whether or not Christoph Waltz will play Blofeld is still painfully unconfirmed). Blofeld will also be joined by a "lesbian bad lady," who will probably continue the Bond franchise's not-always-stellar track record on Lgbt issues. The leaked emails also reveal who Andrew "Moriarty" Scott is playing in the film: He'll be "C," a new Bond boss at MI6, and he's allegedly being paid $1 million »
- Nate Jones
While the now infamous hacks that have rocked Sony have drawn the attention of Marvel Studios fans these last few days, since much of the talk has been about conversations between the two that could bring Spider-Man into the McU, there's also some major news about the next James Bond film for all of us to chew on. According to a report on CNN's financial site, it's been revealed that the next 007 film, Spectre, is all ready running dangerously over budget. The report reveals some of the inner workings of the production, some casting news, and even a major *Spoiler* which I will put at the end of this article.
According to the CNN report, MGM President Jonathan Glickman wrote to Sony last month about his budgetary concerns with the film. He stated that the current budget sat somewhere in the mid $300 million range- a figure that would make it »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
MGM Studios allegedly fought with James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli to scale back the budget of the latest 007 film, “Spectre,” which started shooting this week. The disclosure was revealed in the latest leak of hacked Sony emails.
According to emails seen by CNN, “Spectre’s” budget was set at more than $300 million, but internal memos sent in early November by the president of MGM Studios, Jonathan Glickman, show he was applying pressure on Broccoli to cut costs substantially. Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal is cc’d on these emails as Sony is co-financing and will distribute the pic.
Glickman revealed that the budget “sits in the mid $300Ms,” but MGM was very keen to drag it back to $250 million. The shooting costs are $50 million more than the last film in franchise, “Skyfall,” the emails stated.
Glickman suggested ways to cut costs: For example, a night-time scene set at a villa »
- Leo Barraclough
The filmmaker refused to reveal the identity of the musician tapped for the 24th James Bond film.
"When will you find out? You'll have to ask Barbara Broccoli, but I would say - on the basis of the last one - very, very late in the day," he told Entertainment Now!.
Spectre will see Daniel Craig return to the role of Bond alongside a cast including Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, David Bautista, Andrew Scott, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear and Christoph Waltz.
Bond has faced the criminal organisation Spectre (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) in various films.
Spectre will be released on November 6, 2015 in cinemas around the world.
Reading between the lines of Thursday's press conference at Pinewood in London, the title "Spectre" tells us a great deal about the 24th James Bond movie and Daniel Craig's fourth outing (which opens stateside November 6th, 2015). It means that director Sam Mendes and producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli aren't shying away from reintroducing the popular terrorist organization (Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), which has been dormant since the Sean Connery era. And it definitely means that 007's nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, will be resurrected for the 21st century. Here's what we know about the plot -- it's always personal for this Bond: "A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre." And Bond will return to the. »
- Bill Desowitz
Earlier today, Comingsoon.net dropped this new clip (below) from when they interviewed the stars of the new James Bond "Spectre" movie earlier this week. They went back stage to get a set of extended video interviews with Mendes, producer Barbara Broccoli and cast members: Daniel Craig, Ben Wishaw, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, David Bautista, Léa Seydoux, Andrew Scott and Rory Kinnear. They also feature another look at the film’s brand new car, the Aston Martin DB10. Check it out,below. The official plotline for the movie, reads like this: "A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre." It's scheduled to make its way into theaters on November 6th, 2015. »
Sony Pictures, MGM Studios, and Eon Productions have announced highly anticipated details about the 24th James Bond movie. They made the announcement from the Bond sound stage at Pinewood Studios. The movie will be called Spectre, a teaser poster was released, and you will find more information regarding the Sam Mendes directed film below thanks to the official James Bond Twitter account that live-tweeted the big event announcement.
For those of you not familiar with the name Spectre, it's the fictional terrorist organization that was introduced in the Bond novel Thunderball, and it was also present in the beginning of the movie Dr. No. The name stands for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, which is led by the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
- Joey Paur
James Bond Producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today released the title of the 24th James Bond adventure, Spectre. The film, from Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his fourth film as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007. Spectre begins principal photography on Monday, December 8, and is set for global release on November 6, 2015.
Along with Daniel Craig, Mendes presented the returning cast, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear as well as introducing Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Andrew Scott. Mendes also revealed Bond's sleek new Aston Martin, the DB10, created exclusively for Spectre.
A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the »
Cast also includes Christoph Waltz as 'Oberhauser', Andrew Scott as 'Denbigh', Dave Bautista as 'Mr. Hinx' , Monica Bellucci as 'Lucia Sciarra', Léa Seydoux as 'Madeleine Swann', Rory Kinnear as 'Tanner', Ben Whishaw as 'Q', Naomie Harris as 'Miss Moneypenny' and Ralph Fiennes as 'M'.
"Spectre" will shoot @ Pinewood Studios (UK) as well as London, Rome, Mexico City, Tangier, Erfoud and the Austrian Alps.
"...a cryptic message from the past of 'James Bond' sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While 'M' battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind 'Spectre' a global crime organization, for 'Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion'..."
- Michael Stevens
London, UK, December 4, 2014 – 007 Soundstage, Pinewood Studios, London. James Bond Producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today released the title of the 24th James Bond adventure, Spectre. The film, from Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his fourth film as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007. Spectre begins principal photography on Monday, December 8, and is set for global release on November 6, 2015.
Along with Daniel Craig, Mendes presented the returning cast, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear as well as introducing Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Andrew Scott. Mendes also revealed Bond’s sleek new Aston Martin, the DB10, created exclusively for Spectre.
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
In the 52-year history of the James Bond franchise, there have been many memorable villains, organizations, and titles that have gone down in cinematic history. The road to such infamy begins with the now traditional press conference that kicks off the production of the next James Bond film, an event that's announced everything from titles to cast members, and in some cases the new actor to inherit the 007 mantle. That is exactly what happened in the UK this morning, and we have the details for the next thrilling installment of the James Bond series. After a pre-show detailing the history of Bond, the Daniel Craig era was retold through a clip show showing portions of each of the Craig era Bond films. It was then that the 007.com simulcast showed Sam Mendes and Barbara Broccoli taking to the stage at Pinewood Studios' famed "007" soundstage, or as Mendes referred to it, »
On Thursday, Director Sam Mendes dramatically revealed to a global audience the name of the 24th Bond film – Spectre.
Joining Daniel Craig (Ian Fleming’s James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Ben Whishaw (Q), Naomie Harris (Miss Moneypenny) and Rory Kinnear (Tanner) are Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, David Bautista as Mr Hinx, Andrew Scott as Denbigh and Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser.
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.
Also unveiled was the new Aston Martin DB10.
The film will be released November 6, 2015.
And Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser! #Spectre pic.twitter.com/CPUXDDf0jt
— James Bond (@007) December 4, 2014
- Michelle McCue
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