LOS ANGELES: Filmmaker Guy Ritchie has reportedly been shortlisted to directed the next installment of the James Bond film series. After Ritchie’s ex-wife Madonna flew into London this week for the start of son Rocco’s school term, the director was slammed for leaving for LA.
It is reported now that Ritchie was meeting film execs to discuss the new James Bond movie. The director behind Snatch and Sherlock Holmes is set to meet with 007 producer Michael G Wilson out there.
“Guy has moved up the shortlist and is now the front-runner. He’s meeting Michael this week to try to do a deal and see if they can agree on a shared vision for the film,” a source said.
Following on from the success of last year’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E, Ritchie, 48, caught the attention of the Bond the team who are looking for a replacement after Sam Mendes, who directed the last two Bonds, stepped down.
“Guy is under serious consideration for Bond 25 and this LA trip should help take this further. He doesn’t have Sam’s artistry, but Guy is a fast-paced, stunt-based director, who knows his stuff,” the source added.
On the other hand, Queen of Pop Madonna and director Guy Ritchie are close to settling court battle over custody of their son Rocco. According to Guy’s attorney Peter Bronstein, the “Rebel Heart” hitmaker and her ex-husband haven’t reached a final deal yet.