Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema Recruited by MI6 for 'Bond 24'
Here's your dose of awesome news for the day. After working on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and Spike Jonze's Her, cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema is set to work on Eon's Bond 24 next. With shooting confirmed to start in December this year despite script delays, production is coming together and that includes solidifying the crew for the next Bond movie. We know that Sam Mendes from Skyfall is back at the helm, which is also great news. But instead of bringing back Roger Deakins, who earned another Oscar nomination for his work on Skyfall, Mendes is working with Hoyte van Hoytema on this next one. To top it off, there's a possibility he may even shoot on film. Which sounds like the right decision for this franchise.
This latest report on Bond 24 comes from Kris Tapley at In Contention, where they've been following his career closely. In the post about Hoytema, they mention that "I can't confirm it but I've heard that the Bond series will also be going back to film with this installment. Van Hoytema obviously shot Interstellar on film, given that Nolan remains one of the most outspoken worshippers of celluloid there is, as well as Tinker Tailor." I'm sure film will make the next Bond movie look gorgeous again, which is expected no matter what.
After Interstellar, Swiss cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema will undoubtedly be a very major name in the industry. His work before Her and Interstellar includes: Let the Right One In, The Girl, The Fighter and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I honestly believe that Skyfall was one of the best looking Bond films ever made, and it's going to be hard to live up to what Deakins did with that one. However, if there's anyone that can give Deakins a run for his money, it's Hoyte van Hoytema and I'm genuinely already excited to see his work with Agent 007. Ever since Skyfall showed us how stellar a modern Bond movie can be, I've been impatient for this next one - due in theaters November 2015. And I'm glad to see a talented crew coming together.