Is Christopher Nolan set to take the reins of the James Bond 007 franchise? Unconfirmed details continue to circulate.
At the beginning of the month, we covered a story in which it was claimed that Christopher Nolan was in discussions to take over the James Bond series, directing at least two films and ushering in the next era for 007.
Although the source was unconfirmed and everything was firmly placed in the category clearly marked ‘rumour’ it was easy to see how such an agreement would suit all parties involved: EON Productions would bag itself a crowd-pleasing director with serious artistic credentials while Nolan would finally get his hands on a franchise that several of his movies have flirted with already (including 2020’s Tenet).
Now, the outlet that published the original story, World of Reel – has returned with claims of fresh details. Again, all of this is very much unconfirmed, but it does point to the possible sticking points that are holding up a deal between the key parties.
According to the story, Nolan wants complete creative freedom whereas EON wants a say in a few things, including tone and era. As per the story: ‘EON wants a full reboot for the modern era with Nolan wanting to make adaptations of the Ian Fleming novels, in period settings, that stick close to the original source material. It’s also unclear as to what what Amazon wants.’
The report goes on to state that EON wants Nolan to do ‘2-3 films and then have him executive produce going forward.’ It also mentions that he is their only choice at the moment and there is currently no plan B, should he ultimately decline.
Nolan is certainly negotiating from a position of strength given how well Oppenheimer has been received. Should these rumours prove to be true, we can’t help but wonder if he might end up getting his own way here or at the very least, get the better half of a compromise, should one be found. We’ll bring you more details on this one as we hear them.
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