Knives Out Announced For BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival has announced Knives Out will be this year’s film for the American Express Gala. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film features a huge A-list cast which includes Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Jamie Lee Curtis, LaKeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon and a lot more. An updated version of the classic murder mystery, Johnson has returned to the director’s chair following his 2017 film Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The writer/director says, “I’m thrilled to be screening Knives Out at the BFI London Film Festival. This film was an attempt to capture the twisty fun of an Agatha Christie whodunnit, it’s a great pleasure to be showing it in the country responsible for the genre’s golden age.”

Knives Out takes place in the home of renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) who is found dead just after his 85th birthday. With all his eccentric family gathered, an inquisitive detective called Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate as he informs the relatives that no one can leave as they are all suspects.

Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director says “With Knives Out, Rian Johnson has crafted a devilishly clever and wickedly entertaining new crime caper. As with his previous work, Johnson brings immense erudition and passion for the conventions of the genre he’s working in, but always makes something entirely his own. This is impeccably designed, with writing that keeps you guessing to the final moments and his extraordinary cast are at their arch and compelling best. Knives Out is a whodunit, as sharp as the blade that killed the patriarch at the heart of the film and we are overjoyed to present the European Premiere as our principle partner, American Express’s Gala.”

The film will receive its European premiere on October 8th, with the festival taking places from 2nd – 13th October. Knives Out will be released in the UK on November 27th.

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Danny Boyle Exits Bond 25

In incredibly frustrating and annoying news, it’s been announced that Danny Boyle has left James Bond 25 due to, that old chestnut, creative differences.

Being announced by Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli via the official James Bond Twitter, they have said that he has left today but when the decision was made is anyone’s guess. The 25th film in the franchise and what is set to be Daniel Craig’s fifth and final go as 007 is as of yet untitled is still due for release on October 25th, 2019 with production scheduled for early December at Pinewood. Boyle came on board in May after months of speculation regarding who would be taking over from Sam Mendes.

Director of films including Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, The Beach and 127 hours, it’s thought that the prolific filmmaker would bring something new to the franchise which can sometimes seem a tad dated.

On a personal note, I’m utterly gutted. I can’t tell you how much I was looking forward to a Boyle directed Bond film. Yes they are old school and they need some updating, who better than one of the best British directors of all time? I’m unsure where it’s going to go or what will happen next but I hope they have someone else great in mind.

Either way I hope this hasn’t shaken or stirred Boyle up too much and that he’ll be back behind the camera in no time.

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Danny Boyle Confirmed For Bond 25

Rumours were flying around regarding who the next James Bond would be then when Daniel Craig finally confirmed he’ll be having one more go at the role, speculation went wild about the director for Bond 25. Whilst he was being talked about and considered, it’s been left until today to confirm Danny Boyle as the director of the 25th James Bond film.

Boyle has been said to be developing a script with John Hodge with whom he regularly collaborates. However it didn’t seem likely due to another project, said to be a musical with Richard Curtis, being in development at the same time. The apparently final outing for Craig will be his fifth time as the title character, which will surpass Pierce Brosnan’s four films but not quite match up to the 7 a piece for Roger Moore and Sean Connery. 

“We are delighted to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as James Bond in the 25th installment of the franchise,” said EON Productions’ Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli in a statement. “We will begin shooting Bond 25 at Pinewood Studios in December with our partners at MGM and are thrilled that Universal will be our international distributor.” With production beginning at the end of this year, the release has been pinned down to  October 25th 2019 release date for the UK and November for the USA. 

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Bond, James Bond x 23.

James Bond has turned 50. Looking good for his age I’m sure you will agree. As the reviews praising the latest outing of 007 in Skyfall come in, here at Neel’s Reel Deel, I’m taking a look at Bond of the past and present. 23 Bond posters for your viewing pleasure. See, enjoy and keep it reel.

30 Trailer Challenge: Trailer 13.

Now I’ve let these trailers slide a little. Sorry about that. However, it’s back. A new trailer which I have been waiting for. Skyfall has arrived. From the looks of it yes, it has some typical Bond scenes but you have to expect that. But it also looks different. It looks like it will change things for Bond and for the franchise. Take a look for yourselves and let me know what you think. I must admit I’m exicted, very exited.

The names fall, Skyfall. The new poster for 007.

The hype that surrounds each and every new Bond film isn’t entirely surprising, despite the fact they normally turn out to be the same full throttle, action packed flick. Though some are worse than others. There is the pride of British film making within a Bond film, as well as an at least partly British cast with whoever happens to be playing James Bond as well as M. However this time around, the hype feels fair and right. Daniel Craig returns as Bond with Judi Dench once again playing M but this time there is a somewhat famous face behind the camera in the shape of Sam Mendes director of American Beauty and Road to Perdition. We also have Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem and Naomie Harris bringing their superb talents to the 007 screen. Whilst I hate to get bogged down in such extensive publicity for a film which w haven’t even seen a trailer for yet, it’s hard not to get excited by such talent! So have a look at the new poster, simple as it is, but undeniably classic Bond.

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