Sam Mendes didn’t want to make 1917 ‘a history lesson’

Sam Mendes was determined not to make his war film 1917 feel like a history lesson.The Skyfall director’s new movie tells the fictional story of two soldiers in France during WWI who are tasked with crossing enemy territory and delivering a warning w…

Sam Mendes was determined not to make his war film 1917 feel like a history lesson.

The Skyfall director’s new movie tells the fictional story of two soldiers in France during WWI who are tasked with crossing enemy territory and delivering a warning which could save about 1,600 lives, and Mendes was determined to give audiences an idea of what the conflict was like for the men on the ground rather than give them information about the war as a whole.

“I was very conscious not to make a history lesson. I think most of us know how the war ended but I think that I felt from the very beginning that this movie could be about two British soldiers, but it could easily be two German soldiers, Belgian soldiers – it’s about the experience of war, rather than the historical moments,” he explained during a press conference in London.

“But I believe through the micro – through details, through individuals – you only then begin to see the macro, the scale of what they see through a tiny keyhole of one man’s experiences, you see the panorama of death and destruction that was the Great War.”

The filmmaker was inspired to create a WWI film by his grandfather, who had to carry a message as a soldier, but he discovered that the reason why that war isn’t as well represented on screen as WWII, is because the nature of it was “quite static”.

However, through research, he came across a moment in the battle that could work and started writing.

Once he and Krysty Wilson-Cairns completed the screenplay, they realised studio executives might not want to make the risky film, which is presented to audiences as one continuous shot.

“It’s very big, it’s very expensive, it’s got young men in the leads, it’s a risk, but because we hadn’t been paid for it, we could take it to the studios and kind of auctioned for it, which we did. ‘This is going to be expensive, do you want it?’ And luckily, they did,” he said.

1917 is in cinemas now.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge drafted in to ‘liven up’ Bond 25 script

British actress/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has reportedly been drafted in to spice up the Bond 25 script. The British comedienne, who is best known for creating, writing and starring in BBC sitcom Fleabag, was reportedly approached directly by James …

British actress/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has reportedly been drafted in to spice up the Bond 25 script.

The British comedienne, who is best known for creating, writing and starring in BBC sitcom Fleabag, was reportedly approached directly by James Bond actor Daniel Craig to bring her wit, humour, and quirkiness to the screenplay as he is a fan of the show and her other series Killing Eve, which she helped write and produce, according to Britain’s The Observer.

The 33-year-old has recently been in New York City, where Craig lives, performing a stage version of Fleabag, and during her stay, they reportedly discussed how to improve the script. Film sources claim the British actor felt the screenplay needed some “polishing” and could do with some of Waller-Bridge’s brand of offbeat humour.

Representatives for the film and Waller-Bridge did not respond to comment, while Craig’s U.S. agent said, “I’m not the guy to talk of rumours.”

There have been a number of writers attached to Bond 25. It was originally being written by John Hodge when Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle was in the director’s chair, however, after the duo left in August (18) due to creative differences, Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who helped write recent instalments Spectre and Skyfall, were brought in to rework Hodge’s script. In February (19), it was then revealed that The Bourne Ultimatum’s Scott Z. Burns had been asked to do a rewrite.

If she does join the project, Waller-Bridge will become the second female writer in the Bond franchise after Johanna Harwood, the secretary of Bond producer Harry Saltzman, co-wrote the first film, Dr. No, and its follow-up, From Russia With Love.

The film, now to be directed by True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga, has suffered numerous delays, but is now scheduled to be released in April 2020. Pre-production work has begun in locations like Italy, Norway and Jamaica, and it is thought filming will start later this month.

Craig will be joined by returning stars Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Lea Seydoux, while Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek is believed to be a new addition to the cast.

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Chris Evans joins Daniel Craig in murder mystery Knives Out

Chris Evans has joined Daniel Craig in the cast of upcoming murder mystery Knives Out.The Skyfall actor will portray a detective assigned to solve a crime in the new film, which Star Wars: The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson will direct from his own scri…

Chris Evans has joined Daniel Craig in the cast of upcoming murder mystery Knives Out.

The Skyfall actor will portray a detective assigned to solve a crime in the new film, which Star Wars: The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson will direct from his own script, and Evans has now joined the project, according to Deadline. Though there is no word on the part he will play, Knives Out is understood to be a modern-day murder mystery in the classic whodunnit style.

The feature is still in the pre-production stages, but will be completed before Johnson directs a new trilogy in the Star Wars universe, and before Craig begins shooting the latest James Bond movie, Bond 25.

Johnson is also producing Knives Out with partner Ram Bergman, who also produced the most recent Star Wars flick.

News of Evans’ latest project comes just hours after he appeared to suggest that the forthcoming Avengers movie will be the last time Marvel fans see him play Captain America.

“Officially wrapped on Avengers 4,” the 37-year-old wrote on Twitter on Thursday (04Oct18). “It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful.”

The movie star made his big screen debut as war hero Steve Rogers and his superhero alter ego in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, and he reprised the role for a number of other Marvel movies, including the most recent blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War.

Evans previously explained that his contract with the franchise would end after Avengers 4, scheduled for a 3 May 2019 release.

“I’d be lying if I said it wouldn’t be hard for me,” he told USA Today in April 2017. “Nothing lasts forever. There’s a beauty in that departure, even if it can be sad at times.”

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Bond 25 release date in doubt following Danny Boyle exit – report

Spy movie Bond 25’s scheduled release date is now reportedly in jeopardy.On Tuesday (21Aug18), a statement posted to the official James Bond Twitter account confirmed that Danny Boyle was no longer directing the feature, citing “creative differences” a…

Spy movie Bond 25’s scheduled release date is now reportedly in jeopardy.

On Tuesday (21Aug18), a statement posted to the official James Bond Twitter account confirmed that Danny Boyle was no longer directing the feature, citing “creative differences” as the reason for the British filmmaker’s surprise departure.

And without a director, fans of the franchise may have to wait much longer to see the hotly-anticipated movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sources have told editors at the publication that Bond 25 will now miss its planned 8 November 2019 release date in the U.S., and claim it’s possible that the flick will not be unveiled until late 2020, though production is still set to begin in December (18).

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

Directors including Christopher Nolan, Tom Ford and Spectre helmer Sam Mendes have been slated as possible contenders to take on the job.

Reporters at The Daily Telegraph have also claimed that Craig had a hand in the Slumdog Millionaire director’s exit from the project as he apparently plays a key role in choosing his castmates and he and producers were allegedly sceptical of plans to cast the relatively unknown Polish actor Tomasz Kot as the film’s villain.

And on Friday, Jonathan Pryce – who played Tomorrow Never Dies baddie Elliot Carver – suggested that Boyle was not trusted with the franchise as: “(Producers) obviously couldn’t take a socialist Bond.”

“You see, there are the Dannys of this world and then there are people who do the blockbusters,” he added.

Additionally, it was reported that the 61-year-old wanted to make Bond 25 more topical and “help the franchise evolve in the #MeToo and #TimesUp era”.

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Adele’s acting skills set to be tested for Oliver! role – report

Disney executives reportedly want Grammy Award-winning singer Adele to audition for the role of Nancy in the reboot of musical Oliver!British newspaper The Sun first revealed in 2017 that Adele and Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne were the top choice…

Disney executives reportedly want Grammy Award-winning singer Adele to audition for the role of Nancy in the reboot of musical Oliver!

British newspaper The Sun first revealed in 2017 that Adele and Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne were the top choices to play Nancy and rogue Fagin in the movie, which will be produced by West End maestro Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Working Title Films, the team behind the three-time Oscar-winning 2012 film version of Les Miserables.

However, despite her world-class credentials, bosses in charge of remaking the musical Oliver! want the Hello singer to audition for the part of Bill Sikes’ prostitute lover, alongside the rest of the cast, to test out her ability to act.

“Bosses are still really keen to get Adele on board but they will not be seen to be giving her preferential treatment,” a source close to the Disney production told The Sun. “They know she has a world class voice but want to see if she can sustain that while also acting and dancing.

“It’s going to be a huge production and they need to cast the right people with enough stamina.”

The 1968 film version of Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist, featuring the songs of Lionel Bart and starring Ron Moody as Fagin and Shani Wallis as Nancy, was nominated for 11 Oscars and won six. Adele herself already boasts an Oscar which she collected for Original Song for Bond theme Skyfall in 2013.

“There’s been a few bumps in the road on the project but everybody is quietly hopeful that once they get Adele in front of the panel they can move forward,” continued the source. “If it gets anything like the success of Cameron’s Les Miserables remake, everybody will be chuffed.”

Toby Haynes, of hit BBC drama Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, will direct the remake.

“She’s talked about (her son) Angelo being her number one priority and she sees this as a role that he could appreciate too,” a source told The Sun last September. “It would be a new challenge for her but one she would definitely be up for.”

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Danny Boyle top choice to direct Bond 25 – report

Danny Boyle is reportedly the frontrunner to helm the next James Bond movie.According to movie insiders, the Slumdog Millionaire director is top of Bond bosses’ wish list, though sources tell Variety no formal offer has been made.Daniel Craig has signe…

Danny Boyle is reportedly the frontrunner to helm the next James Bond movie.

According to movie insiders, the Slumdog Millionaire director is top of Bond bosses’ wish list, though sources tell Variety no formal offer has been made.

Daniel Craig has signed on to play 007 for the fifth time in Bond 25, despite his earlier protestations that he’d rather “slash my wrists” than play the spy again, though director Sam Mendes bowed out of the franchise following 2015’s Spectre.

Danny has been on producers’ radar since 2012’s Skyfall, also directed by Sam, and he came close that same year when he shot the James Bond spoof starring Daniel and Queen Elizabeth II for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

However, in a previous interview with movie site Collider, he ruled himself out of directing a full-length Bond feature.

“They’re not really for me. The budgets are too big,” he said. “I’m better working at a lower level of money really because I like that discipline of not having enough money to pull off whatever it is you want to pull off. So I wouldn’t be the best person to do those. No. And anyway, I’ve made a Bond film with a great stellar cast.”

If bosses fail to land the Oscar-winning director, insiders tell Variety that White Boy Rick filmmaker Yann Demange is also being considered for the job.

Danny is currently filming episodes for upcoming FX series Trust, which centres on the kidnapping of oil heir John Paul Getty III. It stars Brendan Fraser, Donald Sutherland, and Hilary Swank, and is slated for a 25 March (18) release.

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