Guy Ritchie is in talks to direct Bond 25, the tabloid Mirror said in a story this weekend.
The director purportedly had meetings with Michael G. Wilson, co-boss of Eon Productions, according to the tabloid.
As you might expect, the only person quoted isn’t identified.
“Guy has moved up the shortlist and is now the front runner,” the Mirror quoted an unidentified source as saying. “He’s meeting Michael (Wilson) this week to try to do a deal and see if they can agree on a shared vision for the film.”
The Mirror first raised the notion of Ritchie directing Bond 25 in a December story.
Reasons for the Caveat Emptor label concerning this newest story:
–The Mirror says, “Following on from the success of last year’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E, Guy caught the attention of the Bond team.”
What success? The $75 million production had worldwide box office of less than $110 million. Does Eon check out directors of flops as future Bond directors?
This blog had a positive review of the U.N.C.L.E. movie. But it was still a flop at the box office.
–The story depicts Michael G. Wilson as being actively involved. Given his status at Eon, that should be expected. However, over the past year, Barbara Broccoli has been depicted (by Sam Mendes, among others) as the driving force at Eon. Wilson hardly gets mentioned any more.
The Mirror story is a deviation from a story line that has taken hold for some time now. Wilson is concerned with the vision of Bond 25? Again, that shouldn’t be a surprise. However, supposedly, Barbara Broccoli deals with vision and is the only one who selects Bond actors.