The Hollywood Reporter says that producers of James Bond 25 announced today on Twitter that Danny Boyle is longer going to direct James Bond 25, which is supposed to be Daniel Craig’s last Bond movie. Danny is leaving due to “creative differences.”
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. pic.twitter.com/0Thl116eAd
— James Bond (@007) August 21, 2018
It’s either fitting, or ironic, that the 007 logo sort of looks like a hand pointing, as if to say, “There’s the door, asshole.”
Danny is a big fan of the Bond films, and even featured Daniel Craig’s Bond in the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics (which he directed). Danny’s frequent collaborative screenwriter John Hodge was reportedly working on a script for the next Bond movie based on an idea by Danny. Not to mention that Danny was reportedly MGM’s first choice to direct the film. Sam Mendes had directed the previous two Bond films, Skyfall and Spectre. Production on James Bond 25 is set to begin in December, so there’s still some time to find a replacement.
As for what exactly those creative differences are, it’s not known. Variety says that Danny was in the early stages of casting the new Bond girl and villain when the decision was made that he’d leave the production. Maybe they had creative differences over the Bond girl. Danny was reportedly working on updating the franchise to reflect the #MeToo era, and I can maybe see a disagreement happening there. Like between Danny and an older 007 traditionalist who tries to argue that #MeToo in James Bond’s world means a second Bond girl enters the bedroom and asks “Me too?” before dropping her clothes.
Say goodbye to Twitter draggings made by Armie Hammer, because he’s gone ahead and deleted his account. Vulture says that nobody is @-ing Armie by his name on Twitter anymore, and it most likely has to do with the BuzzFeed article titled “Ten Long Years of Trying To Make Armie Hammer Happen.” On Sunday, shortly after the post went up, Armie hopped on Twitter and slapped at the writer for their “bitter AF” perspective. Not long after that, Armie pulled the plug on his Twitter account.
If there’s an instructional book called “What To Expect When the Male Lead of Your Prestige Television Series Has to Leave Due to Alleged Creepiness,” I’m sure Netflix just sent their copy to Amazon.
Earlier this month, Jeffrey Tambor’s former assistant accused of him acting inappropriately around her. Jeffrey denied it, but Amazon decided to take a peek and investigate to see if there was any creepy fire where there was the creepy smoke. Sure was! Transparent actress Trace Lysette had us all holding back the barf when she alleged Jeffrey used his nasty talon feet to trap her while he thrust on her. BLECH! Apparently realizing nobody would want to get anywhere near him in a silk kimono going forward, Jeffrey has decided to quit Transparent.
Ed Sheeran might be giving the universal hand signal for “all good” in that picture with Lady Gaga. But lo and behold, not all has been good for Ed Sheeran when it comes to Lady Gaga and her Little Monsters. Ed admitted during an interview with The Sun on Sunday that he quit Twitter, and it was because he couldn’t handle all the hate.
Back in December, it was announced that Amy Schumer would be playing Barbie in Sony’s live action Barbie movie. Amy was playing a version of Barbie who doesn’t fit in with all the other Barbies. That minor detail didn’t matter to some people on the internet who though she was too big to be playing any Barbie. Amy didn’t care; she claimed she was “so honored” to be playing such an “icon.” Sony is going to have to find someone else who would be honored to step into Barbie’s iconic hard plastic pink heels, because Amy Schumer is out. Jennifer Coolidge, call your agent!
Amy tells Variety she’s “bummed” about not being able to play Barbie, and she blames it on scheduling conflicts. Production on Barbie was supposed to start on June 23, but that’s right in the middle of her promotional tour for Snatched. After that, Amy begins shooting She Came to Me with Steve Carell and Nicole Kidman. Amy adds that Sony and Mattel have been great partners, and she can’t wait to see the film when it comes out.
Variety says Sony needed to stick to that schedule, because Mattel has merchandise to move. Sony chimed in regarding Amy’s departure. They say they respect and support her decision to leave, and that they look forward to sharing updates on casting.
Not only was Amy supposed to play Barbie, but apparently she also punched up the script. Variety says they have no idea if Sony will keep Amy’s script changes. I have a feeling they probably won’t. An Amy Schumer-ized script really only works if Amy Schumer is saying the words. It’s going to be really awkward hearing whoever ends up playing Barbie warn Ken that her plastic no-crotch smells like a barnyard animal.
Last July it was reported that Lionsgate was taking the fourth and final film in the Divergent franchise, Ascendant, and chucking it like an expired tuna sandwich. Except instead of trashing it, they decided they’d dump it onto the small screen as a television movie. Poor television. Television doesn’t want your garbage.
Shailene Woodley clearly didn’t want television’s garbage either, and she said a few months later that she wasn’t feeling a television movie. During the premiere of her new HBO miniseries Big Little Lies yesterday, Shailene confirmed what we already knew. When asked if she’d be starring in Ascendant, Shailene told Vanity Fair:
“No. I’m not going to be on the television show.”
Shailene is currently on an HBO series, so it’s not like she’s bailing because she thinks she’s too good for television. She’s just too good for low-budget TV movies. Keep that in mind, Lifetime.
Shailene’s name is still on the IMBD page for Ascendant, but so is Miles Teller, Naomi Watts and two-time Oscar nominee Octavia Spencer. At least they are for now. I have a feeling that it’s only a matter of time before the entire cast list is replaced with a picture of someone shrugging like “Eh, we have no idea either. Maybe someone from a Disney Channel show or something?”
Here’s Shailene at the premiere for HBO’s Big Little Lies in Hollywood last night with a smile on her face that says she’s really happy to not have to do anymore knock-off Hunger Games movies.