‘James Bond’ Director Buzz, Plus: Updates on ‘Black Widow,’ ‘X-Men’ and ‘Bill & Ted 3’

Sometimes when you want an update on a movie franchise, you need to go directly to the talent for their thoughts. None of the below may be official, but it all gives us hope.

James Bond

The future of 007 is up in the air until we hear anything certain on Daniel Craig’s continuation as James Bond or authorized acknowledgement of a director on board. In the meantime, we keep hearing about ideas for who should star and who should take the helm of the 25th installment, and the latest on the latter is John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski, who is interested in the gig. Here’s what he told MovieWeb:

“I’m interested in projects where you can world create. To jump back into somebody else’s world where it’s already been around for so long would be scary. But if there was one property, that wouldn’t be a bad one to try and invest yourself. Especially because of the ebb and flow of the Bond universe right now, I think the timing is good for a slight reinvention with a different perspective shift. Bond has gone from completely serious to totally cheeky to really fun again, to emotional, to serious, to internal, to external. I would love to give the pitch and if they got my wacky version of it, and it fit, yeah. That’s almost a dream too big.”

Black Widow

Scarlett Johnasson and her character Black Widow have been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2010, and since then she’s seen 11 MCU movies released without a stand-alone Black Widow movie being one of them. Will it ever happen for her? She’s currently slated to be a part of Avengers: Infinity War, which is now filming, but here’s what Johnasson recently told Total Film magazine (via /Film) about the possibility of her going solo:

“I’ve talked to Kevin Feige about it. We’re creatively really compatible. I think we both agree that the character is right for a stand-alone, it’s just a case of timing at this point for both Marvel and myself. Marvel has a really huge roster. They’re looking four years ahead. I also have a lot of things that I want to do. If I did it, I would dedicate myself completely to making it amazing. It would have to be the best version that movie could possibly be. Otherwise, I would never do it.”

X-Men

There are a few X-Men franchise movies on the horizon, including Logan, which arrives next month, Deadpool 2, Gambit, The New Mutants and another main-series X-Men sequel, possibly titled X-Men: Supernova. That last one now has an update courtesy of star Sophie Turner, who plays Jean Grey. Here is what she let slip to Hey U Guys on the red carpet at the BAFTA Awards:

“We’re about to start shooting the next X-Men, we’ve just finished shooting season seven of [Game of]Thrones, and I’ve got a couple of movies to do before X-Men starts. And then we go on to season eight.”

Watch the full interview here:

Bill & Ted

Coming back around to people involved with John Wick, Keanu Reeves was asked recently on the Graham Norton Show about the third Bill & Ted movie. Reeves implied there’s still a chance of it happening and offered this update and bit of plot synopsis:

“The writers have a story, and we’re trying to make it … Bill and Ted are in their 50s, and uh, that just makes me laugh right there … There’s a cool story. Basically, they’re supposed to write a song to save the world, and they haven’t done that yet. So the pressure of having to save the world — their marriages are falling apart, their kids are kind of mad at them. But then someone comes from the future and tells them if they don’t write the song it’s just not the world, it’s the universe. So they have to save the universe because time is breaking apart. So then elements of the past are coming in…”

See the whole interview here, including Whoopi Goldberg asking to be in it:


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