EON Productions, Sony Pictures and MGM have officially announced what was rumored all along, that Sam Mendes will return to helm James Bond 24, which will bow in the UK on October 23. 2015, with a US release set for November 6. Weeks ago, many entertainment websites were reporting that after much consideration of other directors -after Mendes said he could not meet the a November 2014 release date due to theater commitments- producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli agreed to delay the twenty-fourth Bond feature a year just so they could get Mendes back. While It might surprise some that they would even consider another director after the huge success of Skyfall, the folks at EON have been working a long time trying to return the Bond franchise to a two-year cycle. But seeing as the twenty-third film became the highest grossing film in the fifty year history of the series, one can guess that a year’s delay is worth it to get Sam Mendes and writer John Logan back. Nothing, however, was mentioned about a potential James Bond 25, which would most likely see the end of Daniel Craig’s reign as the British super-spy after five outings. One of the other rumors that precipitated the signing of Mendes again was that he’s most likely made a deal to helm that film as well, completing a sort-of loose trilogy. John Logan has already agreed to write Bond 25, which many assumed meant -and even somewhat confirmed by Logan himself- that Bond 24 and 25 will be a two-part film.
Parks and Recreation actress Aubrey Plaza, along with House alumni Lisa Edelstein and veteran character actor James Remar are among those added to the voice cast of Nickelodeon’s animated series The Legend of Korra: Book 2 (or as some would call it, the second half of season one). EW adds: “n addition, John Michael Higgins (Best in Show) has been cast as Varrick, an eccentric capitalist and self-proclaimed “Biz-Bender,” while Adrian LaTourelle (Sons of Anarchy) will tackle the role of Unalaq, Korra’s uncle and Chief of the Northern and Southern Water Tribes, who seeks assistance from Korra. Book 2 picks up six months after Book 1 ended with Korra triumphing over Amon and the Equalists. Now she faces an even greater threat “as the physical and spirit worlds collide.” Consisting of 14 episodes, Book 2 will debut later this year.”
Hoping to put the final nail in the current trend of zombie films, the team behind the 2008 direct-to-video remake of George A. Romero’s 1985 film Day of the Dead, have announced they’ll make another remake of film, hoping to have it out by August of 2014 -just in time for no one to care. I mean, just because zombie films are popular does not mean you should go and remake the Mena Suvari and Nick Cannon (which clearly shows the people behind that film were reaching for the sky when it came to casting) 2008 version, which hit the video shelves with a louder thud than zombies munching on the Olsen twins. But producer Christa Campbell thinks she might know what might work this time: “We want to keep it as close to the Romero version as possible to make sure that his fans are happy.” Wonder who the casting choices will be this time, Jaden Smith and Bryce Dallas Howard?
FOX has put into development a TV series version The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, based on the always cuddly and agreeable Alan Moore and illustrator Kevin O’Neill’s popular graphic novel. Neither Moore or O’Neill will not be involved with the project -and Moore has tried to put considerable distance between his better take and the 2003 film attempt that bombed so well at the box-office, along with everything else when it comes to Hollywood adapting his works. I cannot wait for Moore to issue a pithy comment about this latest attempt.Green Lantern writer Michael Green -who will also be penning Blade Runner 2- is attached as showrunner.