Cary Fukunaga Will Direct the Next James Bond Movie; Here’s Everything We Know

For the 25th official installment of the James Bond franchise, fans expect something special. Fortunately, the next movie, which is currently known as "Bond 25," should be a treat. Not only is Daniel Craig planning to finish out his run as 007 with a bang, but the series also has a new director with a terrific track record on board.  Replacing the recently departed Danny Boyle, True Detective and Beasts of No Nation (above) director Cary Fukunaga has been tapped by Bond franchise producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, as announced on Twitter. Craig himself was cited as one of the people sharing the news, indicating that he likely had a say in the choice.  In addition to revealing the new director, MGM and EON announced the movie has a new release date with a delay of only three months from the previously selected time of opening.   Here's everything we know about Bond 25: What happened to Danny Boyle directing? Danny Boyle, who'd seemed perfectly suited for a James Bond movie given his work with Daniel Craig on a Bond short for the 2012 Summer Olympics as well as his homage to 007 in Trainspotting, left in August over creative differences.  Who is directing now? Cary Fukunaga, who has done great work with the acclaimed movies Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre and the Netflix Original Beasts of No Nation, as well as the first season of the TV series True Detective, will now be at the helm. He also co-wrote the Stephen King adaptation It (which he was once set to direct) and recently returned to Netflix for part of the new series Maniac, as well.  “We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure," said Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. (2/2) — James Bond (@007) September 20, 2018 Is Fukunaga the first American director of a James Bond movie? If we don't count two of the directors (John Huston of the comedy version of Casino Royale or Never Say Never helmer Irvin Kershner, which weren't official EON productions), then yes, Fukunaga is the first American director for the franchise. He is also only the second person of color filmmaker, following Die Another Day helmer Lee Tamahori, who is of Maori descent.  Does the movie also have new writers? While Boyle's Bond movie was to have a script by himself and regular co-writer John Hodge, those plans went out with the filmmaker. Now EON is going back to Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who've worked on every Bond movie screenplay since 1999's The World Is Not Enough. They had initially turned in a draft for Bond 25 before Boyle took over, and that's presumably being resurrected and/or retooled.  Will this really be Daniel Craig's last outing as 007? Yes. For a while, it wasn't clear if Craig would even return for another installment of the Bond franchise, but last year he confirmed he'd don the tuxedo one last time. Of the possible exit after #25, he said, "I think this is it. I just want to go out on a high note."  Is anyone else cast in Bond 25? When Boyle was still at the helm, Wonder Woman actor Saïd Taghmaoui was cast as the movie's villain. He recently shared an update that he could still be attached with the new director as long as they didn't decide to do a Russian enemy instead of a Middle Eastern foe.  Previously, we'd learned that Christoph Waltz would not be returning as Blofeld. We can assume that Craig will be joined, however, with former co-stars Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw as M, Moneypenny and Q, respectively. Who is performing the Bond song this time around? In the past, we heard a rumor that Beyonce would record a song for the next movie, but that's not confirmed and it'll likely be a while before we know even the title, let alone the theme song choice.  When does the next James Bond movie come out? Bond 25 will begin shooting on March 4, 2019, and should hit theaters on Valentine's Day (February 14), 2020. That marks four and a half years since the last installment, Spectre. And the first time in 31 years (since The Living Daylights) that a Bond movie doesn't come out in the fall. 

Today in Movie Culture: What Makes Michael Myers So Iconic, the Versatility of Oscar Isaac and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Video Essay of the Day: In honor of the upcoming Halloween sequel, Matt Draper's latest video essay looks at the creation of Michael Myers: [embedded content] Movie Comparison of the Day: Couch Tomato shows us 24 reasons why this year's The Cloverfield Paradox is the same movie as Event Horizon: [embedded content] Easter Eggs of the Day: Here's another video highlighting the Easter eggs and other trivia from the Captain Marvel trailer: [embedded content] Movie Score Covers of the Day: Watch one guy cover 100 movie themes on his guitar in 20 minutes including Ghostbusters, Interstellar, The Godfather and Moana: [embedded content] Vintage Image of the Day: Today is the 45th anniversary of the release of Jacques Demy's A Slightly Pregnant Man. Here's a promotional photo of Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni in the French male pregnancy comedy: Actor in the Spotlight: For Fandor, Jacob T. Swinney showcases the craft of Oscar Isaac, one of the best actors of his generation: [embedded content] Filmmaker in Focus: Also for Fandor, David R.L. looks at the movies of Olivier Assayas and his focus on women protagonists: [embedded content] Cosplay of the Day: In honor of the latest news on the Space Jam sequel, here's a fan of the original dressed up as Lola Bunny: Lola Bunny Cosplay ??. #spacejam #blackwomenincostume https://t.co/DyX2axmwW2 pic.twitter.com/ofGvTZNLuy — Blk Women In Costume (@BlkWmInCostume) September 19, 2018 Supercut of the Day: IMDb runs through all the most notable movie adaptations of Stephen King novels in this supercut: [embedded content] Classic Trailer of the Day: With Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9 opening in theaters this weekend, here's the original trailer of 2004's Fahrenheit 9/11: [embedded content]

Fantastic Beasts 2 Character Posters Revel in Secrets, Schemes & Dark Wizardry

A batch of nine new revealing character posters for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has magically appeared online. The posters come just ahead of tomorrow's new trailer, which will be the final trailer ahead of the movie's release later this year. For now, we have a poster for each main character in the movie to take a look at, each of which carries with it a distinguishing piece of information that reveals just a bit about where everyone is going to be at as the events of this wizarding world adventure get underway.The posters themselves are profile shots of...

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Solo 2 Isn’t Happening Anytime Soon, If It Happens at All

The second Star Wars spin-off, Solo, which released earlier this year, certainly had a jarring enough ending to set up an exciting sequel down the road. Unfortunately, one of the movie's two writers, Jon Kasdan, has stated that it may be unlikely for us to receive Solo 2 anytime in the near future.To celebrate the digital release of Solo this week, Jon Kasdan released a number of interesting facts and notes about Solo on his Twitter. The final entry on his list answered a question that many people have been asking: Will we ever receive a Solo sequel? Here is what Kasdan had to say on the matter."To be honest, I think the challenge has more to do with the foreign box office than the U.S. Personally, I think there are great Star Wars movies to be made that don't need to cost quite so much. Hopefully that will be the trend in years to come, and maybe, just maybe, that trend will allow us, one way or another, to tell more stories with Alden [Ehrenreich], Joonas [Suotamo], Emilia [Clarke], and Donald [Glover]. With those actors and [Ron Howard], I would jump at the opportunity. Given the way Hollywood, and the culture at large, seem to run from anything labeled a disappointment, the odds seem like they're against it happening anytime soon. But, I suppose, Han wouldn't have it any other way."While there was a large number of Star Wars fans who enjoyed Solo when it released earlier this year, there was an even larger number of Star Wars fans who didn't see the movie at all. Now at the end of its box office run, Solo hasn't even managed to rake in $400 million, which is wildly disappointing for a Star Wars movie. Solo has taken its place as the lowest grossing live-action Star Wars movie ever made, a mantle that was previously held by Return of the Jedi since 1983, which only earned $475 million.As Kasdan brought up, Solo didn't even do well overseas, which is typically the saving grace for blockbuster movies that aren't always a big hit in the United States, like Rampage, which earned over three times more in foreign countries than it did domestically. Unfortunately, the foreign market was even harsher on Solo than the United States, bringing in only $179 million compared to the $213 million earned domestically.Solo's disappointment at the box office would be admissible if it was a fairly cheap movie to make. Unfortunately, Solo's extensive reshoots brought its budget up to a massive $250 million, making it the most expensive Star Wars movie ever produced. With this budget in mind, there is no question that Solo was an absolute flop at the box office, which is a large sign to Disney and Lucasfilm that this series is not worth their time or money.Though Solo may have been a fun movie, it does not seem likely that we will see a sequel come from it, or even see the Lando spin-off that Kathleen Kennedy was teasing before the movie's release. Jon Kasdan's comments on the possibility of a sequel only confirm how unlikely a second Solo movie is. Hopefully Lucasfilm will start to put out more Star Wars movies in the future that don't cost over $200 million so that we can see more stories from the galaxy far far away without the movie demanding to earn over $1 billion at the box office.In honor of the digital release of #SoloAStarWarsStory & in lieu of a commentary, here are 53 random factoids & notes about the making & writing for anybody who's interested. If you haven't seen the movie yet... maybe watch it before reading? Anyway, enjoy the movie & #MTFBWYpic.twitter.com/wHy1seDuoL— Jon Kasdan (@JonKasdan) September 14, 2018continued pic.twitter.com/z6gYxDrP8d— Jon Kasdan (@JonKasdan) September 14, 2018continued pic.twitter.com/xdXGwjq5Lk— Jon Kasdan (@JonKasdan) September 14, 2018concluded pic.twitter.com/1LuEUP5y2Z— Jon Kasdan (@JonKasdan) September 14, 2018 Topics: Solo 2, Star Wars

The Defenders: Season Two? Marvel TV Boss Discusses Netflix Series Future

by Jessica Pena, September 21, 2018 (Sarah Shatz / Netflix) Will there be another season of Marvel’s The Defenders? Recently, Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the future of the Netflix series. The superhero drama follows Matt Murdock a.k.a. Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke...

Stargirl: Brec Bassinger (Bella & the Bulldogs) to Star in DC Universe Series

s_bukley / Depositphotos.com DC Universe has found their Stargirl. Today, the streaming service announced Brec Bassinger will star in the upcoming TV show.The live-action superhero drama follows Courtney Whitmore (Bassinger), a high school sophomore who becomes a superhero after discovering a family secret.DC Universe has not yet announced a premiere date...

The 100: Season Six; JR Bourne (Teen Wolf) to Recur on CW Series

by Jessica Pena, September 21, 2018 Jean_Nelson / Depositphotos.com JR Bourne is coming to The 100. Entertainment Weekly reports the Teen Wolf star has joined season six of the CW TV show. Set around 100 years after a nuclear Armageddon, the drama follows a group of survivors who return to Earth. The series stars Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco,...

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