Following the departure of Sam Mendes (Skyfall and Spectre), rumours have circulated for some time that Boyle is top of the list compiled by the producers to direct. The British filmmaker, known for Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, The Beach and 127 Hours, would be an interesting choice for Bond 25 having already worked with Daniel Craig before on the finest Olympic opening ceremony in history back in 2012. Featuring 007 meeting the Queen and appearing to skydive into the stadium with her, it's unlikely we'll see an Olympic opening ceremony top that.
Danny Boyle has said the James Bond film will be inspired by Time’s Up movement and will be written in the “modern world”.
“You write in real time. You acknowledge the legacy of the world of Bond and you write in the world – but you also write in the modern world as well.”
No official comments have been made by Eon as of yet, although with this news already hitting the tabloids it’s only a matter of time.
Filming is due to commence at the end of this year with a release date of November 8th 2019.
The plot centers around twin sisters Sunny and Mila, both played by Marcia Do Vales (Ibiza Undead & Heretiks) who were born with paranormal powers. The search for the truth about her sister's death takes a woman to a place that's prepared to do whatever it takes to keep its secrets.
The movie has an array of talent Peyton Wich (Stranger Things & The Darkest Minds) who plays troubled teenager Charlie. Thomas Francis Murphy (Salem & The Walking Dead) A sinister Chaplain who helps Mila to attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding the circumstances of her sister’s death.
Nathan O'Neil Smith (Sheriff Landon), Max Faugno (Deputy Kane), Rob Mello (Mac), Ashton Leigh (Cristina), Heather Cazes (Lt. Doyle), Mason Beauchamp (Tim) also star in this racing paranormal thriller.
The movie itself was shot in Louisiana and is the first to be shot stateside in our exciting slate of genre films.
After winning this year’s Best Film at the Independent Spirit Awards, the movie Get Out directed and written by Jordan Peele won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. The movie was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya). Get Out is an American Horror Movie which was chosen by ‘National Board of Review’, the ‘American Film Institute’, and ‘Time Magazine’ as one of the top 10 movies of the year. The production had a mere $4.5 million budget and was a major success at the box office grossing $255 million worldwide.
Call me By your name was another winner at this year’s Independent Spirit Awards which went on to win an Oscar. They took home Best Male Lead (Timothee Chalamet) and Best Cinematography (Sayombhu Mukdeeprom) at the Spirit Awards and Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars and Timothee Chalamet was nominated for Best Actor In A Leading Role. Call Me By Your Name is a coming of age drama directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by James Ivory, based on the 2007 novel by Andre Aciman. The production had a very lean budget of $3.5 million and grossed $28.2 million at the box office.
A Fantastic Woman won Best Foreign Language Film. The movie was directed by Sebastian Leilo and written by Sebastian Leo and Gonzalo Maza. The film itself is the first Chilean entry for the award since Pablo Larrain’s movie titled No. A Fantastic Woman follows a transgender woman Marina, who is in a relationship with a man 30 years her senior.
It was also a huge night for British Talent. As predicted by many, after this year’s BAFTA’S, Gary Oldman won his first Oscar for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, taking home the gong for Best Leading Actor. Roger A. Deakins who’s best known for his work with the Coen brothers, won Best Cinematography for Blade Runner 2049. Former Hollyoaks stars Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton also won an Oscar with Best Live Action Short Film for The Silent Child. The film centres around a deaf 4-year old child, living in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her to use sign language to communicate.
Other notable winners at this year’s Oscars include The Shape Of Water winning Best Picture, along with Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Production Design. Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri was the expected winner of Best Picture but they still took home two awards for Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell) and Best Leading Actress (Frances McDormand).
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
DOCUMENTARY (SHORT): Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Icarus
ORIGINAL SONG: Remember Me, Coco
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: Coco
COSTUME DESIGN: Phantom Thread
SOUND EDITING: Dunkirk
SOUND MIXING: Dunkirk
ANIMATED SHORT FILM: Dear Basketball
VISUAL EFFECTS: Blade Runner 2049
FILM EDITING: Dunkirk
MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING: Darkest Hour
Black Panther is one of only four movies that earned over 100 million dollars in its second weekend along with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and The Avengers.
In the opening weekend the movie surpassed expectations and more than doubled the amount it was predicted, putting it as the second highest-grossing four day opening in history just behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Although Black Panther beat ‘The Force Awakens’ on the winner’s board to the biggest opening Monday of all time with a staggering 40.2million dollars as opposed to Star Wars 40.1 million dollars.
To date the movie has globally earned $704 million USD in just two weeks and with the movie opening at the second largest film market next month, we should see a healthy increase bumping the movie higher up the top 10 list of highest grossing box office movies in history. Black Panther opens in Japan on March 1st and China on March 9th.
The movie itself is a huge cinematic milestone for the studio breaking their own records and proving yet again that diversity sells.
The Londoner was the only British star to win an acting award. Having already won awards at The Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards for his role as Sir Winston Churchill, he has now become a favourite to win Best Actor at next month’s Oscar’s.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the biggest winner of the night, having won five awards. Frances McDormand as Leading Actress. Sam Rockwell as Supporting Actor. Martin McDonagh, Best Original Screenplay, Best British Film and Best Film.
Frances McDormand joins Gary Oldman as another favourite to continue her success at the Academy Awards in March.
Another must see movie this year, The Shape of Water, starring the excellent Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon, also picked up three awards, including best director, best production design and original music.
Other winners of the BAFTA’S include.
Supporting Actress; Alison Janney, I, Tonya
Bafta Fellowship; Ridley Scott
Rising Star; Daniel Kaluuya
Adapted Screenplay; James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name
Outstanding Debut; I Am Not A Witch
Film Not In The English Launguage; The Handmaiden
Documentary; I Am Not Your Negro
Animated Film; Coco
Cinematography; Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
Editing; Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss, Baby Driver
Costume Design; Phantom Thread
Makeup and Hair; Darkest Hour
Special Effects; Blade Runner 2049
British Short Animation; Poles Apart
British Short Film; Cowboy Dave