|#1 MR. KATE WINSLET MIGHT BE THE NEXT 007 DIRECTOR OR "CONSULTANT" ON JAMES BOND 23
With MGM currently having financial problems and facing a possible sale, all of the studio's projects are in a state of flux, and are proceeding either very carefully or in some cases, not at all. The biggest of them all is definitely James Bond 23, which is controlled by EON Productions and the Broccoli family estate. Because of the situation with MGM, EON is making a cautious move; they're not hiring a director yet (which would move the project into the next stage of finances), but are instead in talks with Sam Mendes (Away We Go, I) to come aboard as a "consultant." That's a sort of wink-wink-nudge-nudge way of saying they want him to be the director, but can't call him that just yet. Sam Mendes is one of the most critically acclaimed directors working today, and he's already worked with Daniel Craig before, on 2002's Road to Perdition. If Mendes does eventually sign on to direct James Bond 23, he will be one of the most high-profile directors to ever direct a Bond movie.
In other news related to MGM's financial woes, another project that is on hold is the planned Robocop reboot. It's also the center of a dispute between MGM (who want a 3D movie with fancy CGI) and director Darren Aronofsky, who (an unsourced claim says) wants to keep "everything as real (organic) as possible, just like The Fountain." In the meantime, Aronofsky is busy filming the psychological thriller Black Swan with Natalie Portman, so if MGM can recover enough to continue on with Robocop, that may also give the studio enough of a reason to move on with a different director. Although fan support for a Robocop reboot from anyone else might not be as strong as it was with Aronofsky fans.
Thanks to "Mazer Rackham" for the original post
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