Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Filming for 'The Rhythm Section' Begins

Eon Productions, Ltd. are known for producing the James Bond films since 1962, a film franchise that's been going strong for 55 years as of today. Currently under the management of Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, the production recently has been displaying a lot more ambition to expand its enterprise outside the 007 film series by overseeing production on other titles that bear no relation to Ian Fleming's secret agent. A long time ago, back when the production company was run by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, one non-Bond film was produced in 1963, entitled Call Me Bwana, a farce comedy starring Bob Hope and Anita Ekberg, which itself was advertised in the Bond film released in the same year, From Russia with Love. But, they've never produced another film unrelated to 007 ever again up until 2017, which would be a biographical drama called Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, set to come out in the United Kingdom in ten days, and at the end of the year in the United States.

Boosted by the generating of the titles, Eon Productions announced back in July, earlier this year, that they were going to produce a spy thriller film based on a novel by Mark Burnell, the first book in a tetralogy centered on a character named Stephanie Patrick, entitled The Rhythm Section. Blake Lively was cast in the role of Stephanie Patrick, while Paramount Pictures picked up the distribution rights to the film, marking it for release on 22 February 2019.

Filming commenced on the film only two days ago, with Lively seen on location in Ireland, sporting a look deemed by journalists as "unrecognizable," likely to have been sporting the look of the main character. Jude Law was also revealed to co-star as the love interest of Lively's character. Producer Barbara Broccoli was also seen on set.

Actress Blake Lively in character as Stephanie Patrick, and producer Barbara Broccoli spotted on the set.

The synopsis of the novel narrates the story of Stephanie Patrick, who is on the path of self-destruction after the death of her family in an airplane crash accident she was meant to be on board of, thus losing everyone she loved. However, after discovering that the crash was not an accident, her anger awakens in a new sense of purpose, setting her out to explore the truth and take revenge by enlisting herself into the identity of an assassin to track down the people responsible for the incident. The new, and lethal, Stephanie Patrick is on a mission to fill the void between what she knows and what she is told.

Who knows? If proven to be successful, the other remaining three novels could also be adapted to film, consisting of Gemini, The Third Woman and Chameleon. We're prone to find out in February 2019, labeling it as Eon's "other spy franchise".

Meanwhile, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer struck a deal with Annapurna Pictures to distribute and finance films. But, strangely, the deal did not extend to the James Bond film franchise, as of yet, leaving the series without a distributor so far. Daniel Craig will return to play Bond for the fifth and possibly the last time in the yet-untitled 25th installment in the series, while Neal Purvis & Robert Wade are penning the screenplay. Despite having no distributors and a film director, a release date for the film is set for 8 November 2019 for arrival in US theatres, with pre-production rumored to begin sometime in May, next year, with filming possibly to commence by the end of 2018. Dennis Gassner returns as the production designer while Ben Cooke, Craig's stunt-double in all the four of his Bond films, is said to be the stunt coordinator of the film, taking over the duties from Gary Powell. Christoph Waltz, who played the infamous Ernst Stavro Blofeld in 2015's Spectre, revealed that he will not reprise his role in the upcoming film, and they'll bring in a "new villain" due to "tradition".

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