Sam Mendes to Explore the Dark Underbelly of 007's Seemingly Perfect Suburban Existence
As recently as this morning, it was looking as if the 23rd Bond installment would be delayed indefinitely, the famed spy served a fatal dose of development poison in the form of MGM's well-publicized financial troubles. But as if resuscitated in the nick of time by a glove-compartment defibrillator, it seems Agent 007 will live on -- even if it means making do with less in these gadget-budget-slashing times. THR reports Sam Mendes is in negotiations to direct the script, by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Peter Morgan, with the production being fast-tracked for a June start, and a possible 2011 release.
Apparently producers have learned nothing from the lessons of Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster, another chilly European director who isn't above genre-slumming and is about as deep as a martini glass; still, the dreadful, revenge-motivated Solace made $586 million worldwide. Kate as N it is! And Michael Shannon as Truthfinger, who wounds Bond with deep, shattering truths about his middle-class, tuxedo-wearing spy existence, and whose preferred torture technique -- forced DVD viewing of Away We Go -- are more effective than a knotted-rope nut-thwacking any day of the week.