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Sam Mendes to produce Beautiful Ruins movie adaptation, may direct

Oscar-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes might be jumping back into the director’s chair soon to helm upcoming drama Beautiful Ruins for Fox 2000. 

EW has confirmed Mendes signed on to produce the project, which features a screenplay written by Transparent’s Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue and based on Jess Walter’s bestselling novel of the same name. 

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Sam Mendes, Nick Hornby in talks for live-action James and the Giant Peach

Another of Roald Dahl’s stories is on track to be made into a live-action movie.

Director Sam Mendes and writer Nick Hornby are in very early talks for Disney’s James and the Giant Peach, EW has confirmed. Mendes would direct and develop the project, while Hornby would write the screenplay.

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Sam Mendes to direct Gay Talese's Voyeur's Motel for DreamWorks

DreamWorks knows you like to watch. The studio has acquired film rights to The Voyeur’s Motel, the upcoming nonfiction book from Gay Talese about a Colorado innkeeper who for several decades got his kicks by spying on his guests’ intimate moments, EW has confirmed.

Sam Mendes, the director of American Beauty and the James Bond movies Skyfall and Spectre, is on board to helm Motel, and to produce alongside Steven Spielberg.

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Critical Mass: The ghosts of 007's past haunt Spectre

First, a little history: When Dr. No, the first official James Bond movie, opened in America in May 1963, John F. Kennedy was president, the big American blockbuster was How the West Was Won, and the No. 1 song on the radio was “I Will Follow Him” by Little Peggy March. Dr. No was innovative and now in every way, and Sean Connery’s Bond was a dashing Kennedy-esque hero who never allowed you to see him sweat no matter the odds. 

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Spectre makes off with $5.3 million from midnight shows

October may have been a bummer month at the U.S. box office, but James Bond looks set to stir things up. Early screenings of Spectre on Thursday reportedly brought in $5.3 million, according to Sony, so Daniel Craig’s latest Bond outing is already ahead of Skyfall, which nabbed $4.6 million from its early shows back in November 2012. 

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James Bond finally gets the origin story we've been waiting for in Spectre

Skyfall took James Bond to new heights, grossing $1.1 billion worldwide to become the most successful 007 installment in history. The 2012 blockbuster killed off Bond’s boss, M (Judi Dench), and found Her Majesty’s most deadly secret servant (Daniel Craig) struggling to stay relevant in a post-spy world. But returning director Sam Mendes can only see that film in terms of unfinished business. “Bond has been rebooted at the end of the movie,” Mendes says. “This is only the beginning of the story.”

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Sam Mendes says Spectre will be his last Bond film

Sam Mendes, the prestigious film and theater director, told a BBC radio show that the upcoming James Bond adventure Spectre will be his last. “Probably,” the Oscar-winner adds, acknowledging that his statement is an exact echo of one he made two years ago after Skyfall was released and went on to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.

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