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Cameron Speculation, Bond Stall Releases Craig and Mendes, Perry Loses Carey, Nolan Loves Bond

Thompson on Hollywood By Cameron Carlson | Thompson on Hollywood June 4, 2010 at 9:26AM

In the constant push for site traffic, James Cameron provides a reliable news headline, what with the BP "morons" thing, and the lingering impact of the ultimate blockbuster, the 3D Avatar. The tiniest indication of directional change for Cameron's next project is enough to fuel endless speculation.
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In the constant push for site traffic, James Cameron provides a reliable news headline, what with the BP "morons" thing, and the lingering impact of the ultimate blockbuster, the 3D Avatar. The tiniest indication of directional change for Cameron's next project is enough to fuel endless speculation.

At the All Things Digital Conference, Cameron said that he'll advance 3-D technology on his next film, which will either be Avatar II--"or some other big film that uses that same technology." As Cinema Blend points out, everyone already knew this. But that didn't stop others from hypothesizing about what that "other" film might be. Could it be Battle Angel? At a recent Caltech conference, Cameron told TOH that although he still is "interested" in the story of Battle Angel, he's working on Avatar II for now. It's safe to assume that Avatar II will be his next film.

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-As MGM's financial problems stalled The Hobbit, setting free Guillermo del Toro to direct something else, now James Bond is releasing Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes to find other work. Craig is in talks to play muckraking womanizer Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (perfect casting), while the theater director is planning a musical stage adaptation of Charlie in the Chocolate Factory and a film version of Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach. Because Mendes is still committed to directing Bond, he's taken himself out of the running for the The Wizard of Oz reboot.

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-Speaking of Bond, Christopher Nolan calls Inception his 007 film, admitting to taking visual cues from the Bond films. Count us in for a metaphysical Bond movie. Empire talks to Nolan.

-The NYT's Deal Book reports that Creative Artists is looking to expand into the wonderful world of sports with help from some private equity firms. This could move CAA into the programming and production side of the business, while maintaining their dominance as Hollywood's most powerful talent agency. CAA might finance the project themselves.

-Tyler Perry confirms that Mariah Carrey has dropped out of his current production, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Apparently her doctor told her not to work, five days before shooting began. Perry mentions that it could be due to a pregnancy. He doesn't seem too happy, "I’m there on vacation, celebrating life, thanking God and just relaxing when I get a message that I have to come home, that Mariah has dropped out of the film!"

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Studios, Daily Read, James Cameron, Chris Nolan, Avatar, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, Lord of the Rings/Hobbit, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Action, Twentieth Century Fox, MGM/UA


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.