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At this moment in time, very little is known about the upcoming 007 movie other than the principal talents involved. Daniel Craig is making his fourth appearance as the man 007, and Sam Mendes is once again directing, though without the incredible work of cinematographer Roger Deakins. Another key ingredient returning is screenwriter John Logan, who recently sat down with the good people over at Empire and discussed the movie. “Right now the first draft is almost done,” he told the outlet about the sttus of ‘Bond 24.’ “I’m terrifically excited about it! I’ve been working very closely with Sam (Mendes), and it’s been joyous to pick up from our work on Skyfall and just continue on with the storytelling. The new movie continues the themes of Skyfall. Some of the characters and themes that we began to introduce in Skyfall will play out, I hope successfully, in the next movie.”
Out and about on the promotional campaign for Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ Ralph Fiennes opened up to MTV briefly about the next James Bond film, the tentatively titled ‘Bond 24.’ While he says that he knows nothing about the ‘Skyfall’ follow-up itself, he did confirm he’s got some filming dates already marked in his calendar. “It’s meant to start shooting in October,” Fiennes said.
At this moment in time, very little is known about the upcoming 007 movie other than the principal talents involved. Daniel Craig is making his fourth appearance as the man 007, and Sam Mendes is once again directing, though without the help of master cinematographer Roger Deakins. ‘Skyfall’ co-writer John Logan is providing the script, which Ralph Fiennes has yet to read. “I haven’t read a script yet, so I can’t tell you much,” he said. “They’d probably swear me to secrecy anyway.” Alongside Ralph Fiennes and Danie Craig, Naomie Harris will also return.
While three of the key ingredients for enormous success of ‘Skyfall’ have been confirmed for its untitled follow-up (director Sam Mendes, writer John Logan and lead Daniel Craig), it looks as if cinematographer Roger Deakins won’t be returning for the latest 007 adventure. Hitfix’s Kristopher Tapley tweeted, “At dinner with Deakins last night I learned some news that makes me sad: He won’t be shooting the next Bond.” No reason was given for Deakins not returning for ‘Bond 24,’ but I believe it would be safe to assume that scheduling is the likeliest culprit, as Deakins is one of the most in-demand cinematographers around.
Roger Deakins might just be at the top of my “how-the-hell-does-this-guy-not-have-an-Oscar” list considering his incredible work on the likes of ‘Skyfall,’ ‘Shawshank Redemption,’ ‘No Country for Old Men,’ ‘Fargo’ and especially ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,’ for me the most beautifully shot film in modern cinema history.
‘Skyfall’ Writer John Logan Talks ‘Bond 24′: “Build On What We Did On ‘Skyfall’, But Make It Its Own Unique Animal”
During a recent chat with ‘Skyfall’ writer John Logan for ‘Penny Dreadful,’ IGN asked him about the upcoming 24th and 25th installments in the James Bond franchise, the first of which ‘Skyfall’ director Sam Mendes will also helm. Details on Bond films are notoriously kept under lock and key, and Logan was hesitant to reveal particulars about the story for the upcoming film. “All I can say about Bond is that I’m happily writing it” he said. Joking that, “Sam [Mendes] would rappel through the window and kill me.” Though the writer did indicate that the next two films would carry forward what had been established with ‘Skyfall.’
One of the intentions with ‘Skyfall’ was to recapture and contemporize some of the classic elements of Bond. “My goal is to write a great movie that’s appropriate, to build on what we did on Skyfall, but make it its own unique animal,” Logan said of the teams aspirations for Bond 24. “The themes, ideas and the characters from Skyfall can obviously continue on, because it is a franchise, and it is an ongoing story. So I think there’s resonance from Skyfall in the new movie.”
‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ has opened to hefty numbers at the South African box office. The film, based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ from a screenplay by William Nicholson, was the top earner in cinemas operated by two major South African exhibition chains, Ster Kinekor and NuMetro, as well as the leading independent cinemas groups on its opening day Thursday, producers said. ’Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ opened at number one in the country, beating the rollout of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ outgrossing the Jennifer Lawrence starrer in South Africa by 39%.
‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom,’ starring Idris Elba as the anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela, grossed over $73,000 (750,000 rand) on Thursday, November 28th. This is a record for a Thursday out-of-school holiday in South Africa, which, if you consider that the film had four shows on the day compared with six shows for other films because of its running time of over two hours, is a big deal. South African producer Anant Singh, who spent 16 years developing the film, said: “It is extremely gratifying for us as filmmakers to have our home audience embrace our film and react so positively to it. We are proud that a South African film is competing so well against one of the most anticipated sequels of all time.”
‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ is based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education, struggle against apartheid, and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society. Spanning over seventy years, the film is the thrilling story of an ordinary man who rose to the challenge of his times and triumphed – an intimate portrait of the making of a modern icon. ’Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ is directed by BAFTA-winner Justin Chadwick (The First Grader, The Other Boleyn Girl) and stars Golden-Globe winner Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela. Double Academy Award-nominee William Nicholson (Gladiator, Les Miserables) penned the screenplay. ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ arrives in cinemas on November 29th in the US and January 3rd in the UK. The likes of Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Deon Lotz and Terry Pheto co-star.
Given that you are playing such a well known man, and considering all of the preconceived ideas people have of Nelson Mandela, how did you tackle that with your portrayal of him?
Idris Elba: That was a big thing. Everyone has a preconceived image of Nelson Mandela. When you think of Mandela you have an image in your head immediately, and I definitely felt the pressure of that. One of the things I discussed a lot was the fact that I look nothing like him, so I asked Justin, “How am I going to get around that? And how is the audience gonna get around that?” And Justin was really not concerned, he was like, “Don’t worry. I’m not worried about that. We are going to show the inner man. We are going to show his presence and that’s what you’re going to bring.” It took a little bit of schooling to get me to understand and trust trust as part of my performance – the fact that we’re not doing the “looky-likey” Mandela, that we’re doing Mandela as we see him and his presence.