Christopher Nolan has made no secret that he’s a fan of the James Bond franchise. The director has liberally lifted elements from the 50 year old film series and used them to inspire some of the best moments in his films – Inception and the Batman franchise all contain nods to Ian Fleming’s hero.
Now comes word that Nolan is in early, informal talks with Bond producers, EON (Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli) to helm Bond 24. Is this accurate?
Probably not (it is The Daily Mail). Christopher Nolan is now in production on Interstellar, the science fiction mindbender starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. He probably wouldn’t have the time to mount a production the size of a Bond movie to meet the time demands of EON. The production company originally wanted Bond 24 on screen by 2014, although 2016 now looks more likely.
According to The Daily Mail:
‘It does no harm for Broccoli and Wilson to talk with Nolan, even if nothing happens this time round.’
For years EON had a no A-list director policy, spurning the likes of Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Tony Scott…and…Brett Ratner; opting instead for a selection of journey man directors – Martin Campbell and Lee Tamahori, I’m looking at you. That all changed when Daniel Craig brought Sam Mendes onboard for Skyfall. That film’s $1 billion box office and critical kudos shook things up, showing that an auteur could bring something to the Broccoli family business. Therefore, I wouldn’t doubt that EON is talking with Nolan (or at the very least, would like to talk to him), but for a change it looks like the ball is firmly in the director’s court.
Nolan would probably want a lot of control over the script, casting and every other element in the production and it remains to be seen if EON would be willing to give that up to snag Nolan.
We shall see.
More on Bond 24 as it comes in.
Source: The Daily Mail