March 11, 2019

VARIETY – The town of 60,000 people will provide the setting for what is expected to become “Bond 25’s” prologue action sequence, similar to “Spectre’s” opening segment in Mexico City during Day of the Dead celebrations, insiders say. Preparations to accommodate an estimated 500 production people for the shoot, which is expected to take place in late July, are already underway. Matera’s prehistoric whitewashed caves also provided the backdrops for the Jerusalem set of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”

Italy has been featured frequently in the Bond franchise, most recently in “Spectre,” which boasted a high-speed chase along the river Tiber in Rome, among other scenes. The opening scene of “Quantum of Solace” started with a car chase along Lake Garda and then segued to Siena during the Palio horse race.

Line producer Enzo Sisti, who is handling the Italian leg of the “Bond 25” shoot, confirmed that a “big production is coming to Matera” but declined to confirm that it is the next, as-yet-untitled Bond outing. Eon Productions, which is producing “Bond 25” with MGM, did not respond to a request for comment.

February 28, 2019

BROADWAY WORLD – New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) has announced that they will present a special one-night-only reading of A Number, by NYTW Usual Suspect and five-time Obie Award winner Caryl Churchill (Love and Information; A Number), directed by NYTW Usual Suspect and Tony Award winner Sam Gold (Fun Home, Othello) and featuring Daniel Craig (Othello, Spectre). The reading will benefit NYTW’s Artist Workshop and Education programming and will take place at New York Theatre Workshop (79 East 4th Street) Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 7pm.

For almost three decades, NYTW has been an American home for one of theatre’s most important voices, Caryl Churchill, with eight fruitful collaborations including the American Premiere of A Number in 2004. Daniel Craig originated the role of Bernard 1, Bernard 2, and Michael Black in the World Premiere production at the Royal Court in 2002. This one-night-only event reunites Craig and director Sam Gold after the sold-out run of Othello at NYTW in 2016. Additional casting will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the reading begin at $500 and can be purchased at NYTW.org and by phone at 212-460-5475.

February 16, 2019

It was announced today that Bond 25 has been pushed back to a new release date. Instead of February 14, Daniel’s final Bond film will open on April 8, 2020.

DEADLINE –  MGM’s Bond 25 will open April 8, 2020 now, instead of Feb. 14, 2020. That new date is the Wednesday before Easter, and currently 007 is the only major pic on that new date.

Bond 25 leaves behind what was a very crowded Valentine’s Day weekend next year with an untitled Disney live action movie, Fox’s Nimona, and Universal’s Will Packer untitled romance production.

As previously reported, Beasts of Nation helmer Cary Joji Fukunaga stepped in to direct Daniel Craig after Danny Boyle decided not to steer the project.

007 scribe regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are back writing the Eon production.

Cast returning include Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw.

Universal will be handling overseas on Bond 25 while MGM handles distribution.

February 05, 2019

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Jennifer Lopez, Tina Fey and Daniel Craig are among the first round of presenters to be announced for the 91st Oscars.

They will be joined by Awkwafina, Chris Evans, Whoopi Goldberg, Brie Larson, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Amandla Stenberg, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson and Constance Wu.

“The Oscar nominees have generated tremendous worldwide attention through their captivating stories, achievements and performances,” said producer Donna Gigliotti and co-producer and director Glenn Weiss in a statement. “We want to give the public an opportunity to once again experience the moments that have moved us all. It is a celebration of our universal love of movies.”

The 91st Oscars will take place on Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. The ceremony will be broadcast on ABC at 5 p.m PT/8 p.m. ET.

December 14, 2018

We got a release date! The star-studded murder-mystery film, Knives Out is set to be released on November 27, 2019.

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER -Lionsgate has picked up Rian Johnson’s star-studded murder mystery Knives Out, setting it for a Thanksgiving 2019 release.

Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette and Ana de Armas star in the movie, which is currently filming. Craig will topline as a detective tasked with solving a modern-day whodunit murder mystery.

September 20, 2018

We finally got some good news regarding Bond 25. It was announced today that Cary Fukunaga will take over as director of the movie. Filming begins on March 04, 2019 with a new release date set for February 14, 2020!

September 05, 2018

It was announced today that Daniel will star as a detective in the murder mystery film, Knives Out. Before anyone gets worried, this project fortunately won’t affect his return for Bond 25.

DEADLINE – In a move that will surely swing some of the focus from awards season launches to the acquisitions market at this week’s Toronto International Film Festival, U.S. and foreign distributors will be bidding for Knives Out, a contemporary murder mystery that will star Daniel Craig as a detective assigned to solve the crime, with Rian Johnson directing.

The film is best described as a modern day murder mystery in the classic whodunit style, infused with Johnson’s original voice that informed films from Brick to Looper.

Boyle’s abrupt exit from Bond 25 gave Johnson and Bergman an opening to pursue Craig, if he was up for squeezing in a movie before returning to his 007 franchise. When Craig sparked to the script and signed on, a hot package came together, just in time for the Toronto market.

“I have been a huge fan and always wanted to work with him and as I worked on the script, trying to get it right, Ram and I were wringing our hands over who could be the detective,” Johnson said. “Then, serendipitously, we heard Daniel might have a small window, and it worked out. He’s an actor of extraordinary range, and we are looking forward to the fun of finding that modern detective, and collaborating with Daniel on creating a new Poirot.”