James Bond 25
In the UK doing promotion for “Blade Runner 2049,” director Denis Villeneuve was asked about the rumors he’s in talks to direct the next James Bond film.
He tells the NME: “I cannot talk about that. But let’s say that for me to do a Bond movie would be a deep, deep pleasure.” Villeneuve has both a new adaptation of “Dune” and a “Cleopatra” biopic on the way.
IFC Midnight has scored North American rights to the Martin Freeman-led supernatural thriller “Ghost Stories” which will have its world premiere Thursday at the BFI London Film Festival. Paul Whitehouse and Alex Lawther co-star.
Co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson (“The League of Gentleman”), the film stars Andy Nyman as a psychologist and sceptic, who has his rationality tested when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three terrifying hauntings. He then embarks on a mission to find rational explanations. [Source: Variety]
The upcoming “Spider-Man” spin-off feature “Venom,” starring Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams, has hired “John Wick,” “Logan” and Man of Steel” fight co-ordinator Tim Connolly.
Additionally, the Sony Pictures release has also hired stunt coordinators Chris O’Hara (“Baby Driver,” “Iron Man 3”) and Jack Gill (“Fast Five,” “Captain America: Civil War”). Production kicks off later this month. [Source: Omega Underground]
The Bold Type
Freeform has ordered two more ten-episode seasons of its breakout series “The Bold Type”. At the same time, Amanda Lasher (“Togetherness,” “Gossip Girl”) will replace Sarah Watson as executive producer/showrunner.
Based on the life of former Cosmo editor Joanna Coles, the series follows the lives of three close friends living in New York City as they navigate their career, sexuality, identity and ultimately find their own voice in a sea of intimidating leaders. Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy and Sam Page co-star. [Source: Variety]
I Am A Man
Oscar-winning “Precious” scribe Geoffrey Fletcher has been set to pen the feature adaptation “I Am a Man” based on Michael K. Honey’s 2007 book about the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike that became a turning point in the U.S. civil rights movement. Ben Nearn and Tom Rice are producing. [Source; Deadline]