The Rhythm Section producers ‘disappointed’ by box office failure

Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are “obviously disappointed” by the box office performance of their new movie The Rhythm Section.Reed Morano’s film, in which Blake Lively plays a grieving woman who sets out for revenge after discoverin…

Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are “obviously disappointed” by the box office performance of their new movie The Rhythm Section.

Reed Morano’s film, in which Blake Lively plays a grieving woman who sets out for revenge after discovering the plane crash that killed her family wasn’t an accident, opened in cinemas on Friday and grossed just $2.8 million (£2.16 million) for its first three days during Super Bowl weekend, marking the worst box office opening in history for a title playing in over 3,000 theatres.

According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures will likely lose between $30 million and $40 million (£30.9 million – £23.2 million) on the movie, which debuted at number 10 on the U.S. box office chart, behind the likes of Bad Boys for Life, Dolittle, and 1917.

Responding to its performance, the producers, who are best known for overseeing the James Bond franchise, issued a statement to the film publication.

“We are obviously disappointed with the box office, but we’re proud of Reed and our movie and the overwhelmingly positive reaction to Blake’s performance,” they said.

The film, which also starred Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown, had a troubled production, as it was shut down for six months after Lively sustained a nasty hand injury that required surgery. The release date was pushed back multiple times from its original February 2019 slot.

Over the weekend, Morano posted a picture of her with Lively at the movie premiere on Instagram and gushed about her leading lady in the caption.

“Thank you for taking this absolutely insane epic journey with me. Loads of twists and turns we never saw coming & wasn’t always easy but we navigated it together & no matter how difficult it was, we always made sure to have a blast & for f**ks sake- you gave it EVERYTHING – including your freakin hand!!! Words cannot describe how proud I am of what you do in this film- wait till people see (sic)!!” she wrote.

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Barbara Broccoli: ‘Daniel Craig brought a lot of humanity to James Bond’

Daniel Craig “brought a lot of humanity” to the role of suave womanising spy James Bond, according to franchise producer Barbara Broccoli.The 51-year-old actor will make his fifth and final appearance as the British MI6 agent in the upcoming 25th Bond …

Daniel Craig “brought a lot of humanity” to the role of suave womanising spy James Bond, according to franchise producer Barbara Broccoli.

The 51-year-old actor will make his fifth and final appearance as the British MI6 agent in the upcoming 25th Bond movie, No Time to Die.

The franchise’s longtime producer Barbara has credited the British actor with helping evolve the character from his womanising roots to a respected man living in a time with the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

“(Bond) has evolved, like men are evolving, one hopes,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “Daniel’s brought a lot of humanity into the role and to his relationships in the film. He’s got vulnerabilities. He’s much more 21st-century.”

Elsewhere in the interview, she also revealed how she had persuaded Daniel to make one more Bond movie, as he was ready to retire after filming had finished on Spectre in 2015.

“He felt at the end of the last movie he’d kind of done it,” she explained. “I said to him, ‘I don’t think you have, I think there’s still more of the story of your Bond to tell.’ Fortunately, he came around to agree with that.”

Now the search is underway for Daniel’s replacement, but Barbara is trying to avoid thinking about her longtime friend departing the iconic film franchise, which has been delighting moviegoers for 57 years.

“We still have so much to do to finish this film, to get it right, so we’re really focusing on that,” she shared. “I’m in denial, to be honest, about Daniel. I can’t really confront that right now.”

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Producer Barbara Broccoli insists James Bond will never be played by a woman

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has insisted a woman will never be cast as the British spy in a movie.Daniel Craig is set to make his fifth and final appearance as the suave MI6 agent in No Time to Die, the upcoming 25th Bond film. Speculation ha…

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has insisted a woman will never be cast as the British spy in a movie.

Daniel Craig is set to make his fifth and final appearance as the suave MI6 agent in No Time to Die, the upcoming 25th Bond film.

Speculation has been rife over who will replace the 51-year-old after he retired from the role, and fellow Brits including Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Richard Madden have since emerged as frontrunners.

However, Broccoli is adamant that the role of Bond will never be played by a woman.

“He can be of any colour, but he is male,” she told Variety, adding that she wants better and more interesting characters to be created for women. “I believe we should be creating new characters for women – strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”

Last year, it was rumoured that Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch was in the running to become the next Bond.

Yet, it was later revealed that she will instead be playing a character called Nomi who is assigned Bond’s iconic 007 number when he retires from MI6.

No Time to Die, which also stars Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Jeffrey Wright, will hit cinemas from 2 April.

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Billie Eilish to perform theme song for No Time to Die

Billie Eilish has been tapped to perform the theme song for new James Bond film No Time to Die.Producers confirmed that the Bad Guy singer had signed on to perform the title track for the upcoming spy movie on Tuesday, with the gig making her the young…

Billie Eilish has been tapped to perform the theme song for new James Bond film No Time to Die.

Producers confirmed that the Bad Guy singer had signed on to perform the title track for the upcoming spy movie on Tuesday, with the gig making her the youngest artist in the history of the franchise to the tackle the theme.

Billie has teamed up with her older brother and frequent collaborator, Finneas O’Connell, to work on the tune, described by Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli as “an incredibly powerful and moving song”.

Gushing about the historic role, the 18-year-old shared, “It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honour. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock.”

While Finneas added, “Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of Goldfinger and Live and Let Die. We feel so, so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007.”

Elsewhere, director Cary Joji Fukunaga insisted that James Bond fans will instantly fall in love with the song.

“There are a chosen few who record a Bond theme,” he commented. “I am a huge fan of Billie and Finneas. Their creative integrity and talent are second to none and I cannot wait for audiences to hear what they’ve brought – a fresh new perspective whose vocals will echo for generations to come.”

The track will be released to coincide with the global launch of No Time to Die, starring Daniel Craig, in April.

Billie follows in the footsteps of artists like Sam Smith, Adele, and Shirley Bassey in landing the prestigious honour.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge slams suggestion she was hired for Bond film because of her gender

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has slammed reports suggesting she was hired to help write the female characters in upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die.The Fleabag creator/actress was drafted in to finesse the script written by director Cary Joji Fukunaga and…

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has slammed reports suggesting she was hired to help write the female characters in upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die.

The Fleabag creator/actress was drafted in to finesse the script written by director Cary Joji Fukunaga and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns – which was an update of an earlier draft written by Bond veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

It was subsequently suggested Phoebe had been brought on as a diversity hire and to help write the female characters, and the British actress has now insisted that her gender had nothing to do with landing the job.

The 34-year-old recalled during a recent interview with comedian Deborah Frances-White at the Southbank Centre in London that she was approached by the film’s star, Daniel Craig, and producer Barbara Broccoli.

“The reality was I got a call from Barbara and Daniel saying, ‘We like your work, can you come in and help us?’ There wasn’t ever really a conversation about can you come in and help us with ‘the ladies’,” she shared, according to theguardian.com.

“They are proper, amazing producers and writers and actors and suddenly they are reduced to those people?” Phoebe fired. “The characters were there, the story was there, it was just really exciting to be a part of it. There was a bunch of writers, I was a small contribution to this thing.”

Daniel previously denied the suggestion Phoebe was a diversity hire, calling the claim “f**king ridiculous” and adding to Britain’s Sunday Times, “She’s a great writer. Why shouldn’t we get Phoebe onto Bond?”

Phoebe will be the second woman to be credited as a writer in the Bond franchise after Johanna Harwood, who worked on Dr No and From Russia With Love in the early 1960s.

No Time to Die, which features female characters played by Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, and Lashana Lynch, hits cinemas in April.

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Scott Z. Burns to rewrite Bond 25 script – report

Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns has reportedly been drafted in to rewrite the Bond 25 script. According to a report by The Playlist, The Bourne Ultimatum writer has been brought in to overhaul the current screenplay by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, followi…

Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns has reportedly been drafted in to rewrite the Bond 25 script.

According to a report by The Playlist, The Bourne Ultimatum writer has been brought in to overhaul the current screenplay by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, following the news that the film’s release has been pushed back by two months to April 2020.

Bond producers had reportedly been courting Burns for months to get him onboard for a rewrite, but he was busy with his own directorial feature The Report, which received much acclaim when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Burns is now in London and will be spending at least four weeks working on the script, according to the report.

Burns is one of Hollywood’s go-to script doctors, doing uncredited rewrites on films such as Ocean’s Twelve and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in addition to his credited work on The Mercy and Steven Soderbergh movies like Contagion, Side Effects and the upcoming The Laundromat, a drama starring Gary Oldman and Meryl Streep inspired by the Panama Papers scandal.

Over the weekend, Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced that the 25th instalment would be hitting cinemas on 8 April 2020 instead of its previously scheduled date of Valentine’s Day 2020. The film had originally been scheduled for release this November (19) but it was pushed back after original director, Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle, quit due to creative differences and was replaced by True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga.

Filming was originally scheduled to begin in March at Pinewood Studios near London but it is unclear if this is still the case. Daniel Craig is back for his fifth turn as 007 and will be joined by returning stars Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, and Ralph Fiennes.

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Cary Fukunaga to direct Bond 25

Cary Fukunaga will replace Danny Boyle as the director of Bond 25. The Slumdog Millionaire moviemaker left the 25th instalment of the spy franchise in August (18) due to creative differences, leaving many to speculate that the film would no longer mak…

Cary Fukunaga will replace Danny Boyle as the director of Bond 25.

The Slumdog Millionaire moviemaker left the 25th instalment of the spy franchise in August (18) due to creative differences, leaving many to speculate that the film would no longer make its November 2019 release.

On Thursday (20Sep18), producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and lead actor Daniel Craig announced that they had found a new director – True Detective’s Cary Foji Fukunaga – and confirmed that the release had been pushed back by three months.

“Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig announced today that #Bond25 will begin filming at Pinewood Studios on 4 March 2019 under the helm of director, Cary Joji Fukunaga with a worldwide release date of 14 February 2020,” a tweet on the official 007 account reads.

Wilson and Broccoli said in a statement, “We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”

This means Fukunaga has made history by becoming the first American to direct a film in the Bond franchise.

The news comes a day before Fukunaga’s latest project, dark comedy TV series Maniac, starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, hits Netflix. The 41-year-old, who won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for True Detective, has also directed films including 2009’s Sin Nombre, 2011’s Jane Eyre, and 2015’s Beasts of No Nation. He was originally set to direct the 2017 horror remake It, but departed the project in 2015 due to creative differences.

In a Radio Times interview that was conducted before he quit Bond, Boyle admitted his love for Ian Fleming’s books could be a problem.

“The books were everything to me when I was a kid,” he said. “I think it’d be impossible for a Bond aficionado to write or direct a Bond film. You’d be hampered by how much you knew. They want you to bring a freshness to it.”

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Danny Boyle exits latest Bond movie

Filmmaker Danny Boyle has exited the new James Bond movie due to creative differences with the project’s producers. Bond bosses Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and the film’s star Daniel Craig have confirmed reports suggesting the Slumdog Milli…

Filmmaker Danny Boyle has exited the new James Bond movie due to creative differences with the project’s producers.

Bond bosses Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and the film’s star Daniel Craig have confirmed reports suggesting the Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker has walked away from the 25th 007 adventure.

“Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25,” a statement posted on the official James Bond Twitter account reads.

Boyle revealed he would be taking charge of Craig’s final Bond film in March (18), after confirming he and his writing partner John Hodge were working on a screenplay for the movie.

“We are working on a script right now,” he told America’s Metro newspaper. “And it all depends on that really. I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in six or seven weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now.”

John and Danny previously worked together on films including Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, and The Beach.

In February, editors at Variety reported that the 61-year-old director was at the top of Bond bosses’ wish list to take charge of their new film.

Revealing that he and John already had some inspiration for the plot, Danny added, “We’ve got an idea and John is writing it at the moment. And it all depends on how it turns out. It would be foolish of me to give any of it away.”

Boyle would have been the successor to Sam Mendes, who directed the last two Bond films, Skyfall and Spectre.

Production on Bond 25 is still set to begin in December, ahead of a November, 2019 release date.

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Idris Elba posts cryptic tweets amid James Bond rumours

Idris Elba has shared several cryptic messages amid rumours he is the front-runner to play James Bond.In recent years, speculation has swirled that the British actor is in the running to take over from Daniel Craig as the spy in the hit movie series, f…

Idris Elba has shared several cryptic messages amid rumours he is the front-runner to play James Bond.

In recent years, speculation has swirled that the British actor is in the running to take over from Daniel Craig as the spy in the hit movie series, following the release of Bond 25 in late 2019.

However, Elba has had some fun with the latest round of rumours and on Sunday (12Aug18) he uploaded a filtered selfie to Twitter with the caption, “My name’s Elba, Idris Elba” – a reference to 007’s signature “Bond, James Bond” line.

He also posted a photo of hip-hop group Public Enemy and another tweet referring to their 1988 song Don’t Believe the Hype.

“Don’t believe the HYPE,” the Luther star wrote, a statement which many of his followers interpreted to mean that he would not be playing Bond.

Though Elba has repeatedly brushed aside talk that he could be the next Bond, rumours were renewed last Thursday after U.K. newspaper The Daily Star published a report stating that director Antoine Fuqua had spoken to James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli about the future of the spy franchise and that she had claimed that “it is time” for a black actor to take on the part.

But a representative for Fuqua has since rejected the report and told editors at The Hollywood Reporter that the content of the story was “all made up stuff” and that The Equalizer filmmaker had “never had a conversation” with Broccoli.

Elba’s representative has declined to comment too. At present, the 45-year-old is in the pre-production stages of TV series Turn Up Charlie and Fast and Furious movie spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

Craig has played Bond since succeeding Pierce Brosnan for 2006 reboot Casino Royale. Other names linked to play super sleuth in the future include Tom Hardy, Aiden Turner, Henry Cavill, James Norton and Nicholas Hoult.

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Idris Elba attached to big screen adaptation of Ghetto Cowboy

Idris Elba looks set to star in and produce his next film project, Ghetto Cowboy.Based on Gregory Neri’s 2011 novel of the same name, Ghetto Cowboy tells the story of Cole, a city kid who is forced to go and live with his estranged father Harp, to be…

Idris Elba looks set to star in and produce his next film project, Ghetto Cowboy.

Based on Gregory Neri’s 2011 novel of the same name, Ghetto Cowboy tells the story of Cole, a city kid who is forced to go and live with his estranged father Harp, to be played by Elba, an urban cowboy, in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dan Walser and Ricky Staub have adapted Neri’s book into a screenplay, with Staub also stepping behind the camera to make his directorial debut.

Elba will be co-producing the project with his Green Door Pictures company.

The Luther star has been producing since 2011, working on both projects he stars in as well as other films and TV shows. He’s also making the move into directing, with his debut feature, Yardie, hitting cinemas later this month (Aug18) following a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Before he starts work on Ghetto Cowboy, the British actor can be seen in Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, opposite franchise favourites Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

The sometime DJ will also be gracing the small screen in Turn Up Charlie, a TV series about a struggling DJ and confirmed bachelor tasked with taking care of his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.

And on Friday (10Aug18), bookies slashed his odds at becoming the next James Bond after Training Day director Antoine Fuqua backed him as the new 007. Betfair made him the new 2/1 favourite to replace Daniel Craig in the role, overtaking former favourites Tom Hardy and James Norton.

“Idris could do it if he was really tight and in shape. He doesn’t look 45. No one would even know,” Fuqua said, after claiming Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has probably wanted a black Bond for years.

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