Scoop This: 'Bond Director', 'Dune' Director, and Producers' Awards Go Heavy on Sci-Fi

Sam Mendes to Direct Next James Bond Film?

Shortly after word hit yesterday that the next James Bond film was possibly being delayed due to financial problems, The Hollywood Reporter now tells us that Sam Mendes is in talks to helm the 23rd James Bond film. Mendes, of course, is known for directing American Beauty, Revolutionary Road and this past summer's Away We Go, so obviously this is a little bit of a departure for the guy. In fact, aside from Jarhead, we really haven't gotten to see Mendes unleash some balls-to-the-wall action… and even though I should be reluctant, part of me really digs this choice. Mendes could help put back the subtle nuance that was missing from Quantum of Solace – perhaps give us a story where we feel something (like Casino Royale), instead of "Look, more people shooting at each other! Yay!"
 
 
I like this decision – now hopefully we actually get to see this movie at some point in the near future. What do you think?
 
 
'Dune' Nabs a Director
Looks like Paramount Pictures is still game to bring us another big-screen version of Frank Herbert's epic sci-fi novel Dune. Peter Berg was originally attached to direct before he dropped out to helm that Battleship movie, and now Variety tells us that Pierre Morel (Taken, District B13) has taken over. David Lynch first brought us a Dune movie back in 1984, and there was also a television mini-series – but now Paramount wants to revamp this sucker for the attention-deficit generation, and what better director to bring on than Morel, who's quickly becoming the go-to guy for action. Dune, which follows an "intergalactic struggle for a valuable spice found only on the remote desert planet of Arrakis", is still the biggest selling sci-fi novel of all time, and though Morel is a huge fan of the source material, I'm sure it'll take awhile before fans adapt to the news.
 
Are you a Dune fan? What do you think about Morel directing?
 
Producers' Awards Are Heavy on Sci-Fi Movies
What's considered to be another major pre-cursor to the Oscars, the PGA (Producers Guild of America) shoveled out their nominations for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award. Like the Oscars this year, the PGA nominated 10 films for their big award, helping push some smaller fan-favorites towards a possible Oscar nod (those are announced next month). The ten films are Avatar, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Up, Up in the Air, Precious, Invictus, District 9 and Star Trek. It's those last two films that are the wild cards right now, with one or both possibly sliding in as a longshot come Oscar time.
 
 
Other films nominated include Up, 9, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Princess and the Frog for animation, and Burma VJ, The Cove, Sergio and Soundtrack for a Revolution for documentary. The awards will be handed out on January 24th.
 
Which films do you think should win?
 
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