Bond Producers Team with Sony on New Spy Movie and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Remake


Looks like Eon Productions are aiming to “diversify their portfolio” a little bit in the near future, by producing something other than a James Bond film. However, that’s not to say they’re straying very far from familiar territory either. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are teaming up with Sony for an adaptation of Mark Burnell’s upcoming novel Remote Control, which centers on (surprise, surprise) a British intelligence agent “who goes on the run with a former lover when he gets caught up in a conspiracy to destabilize the Chinese economy”. Burnell has previously written a number of other espionage-steeped thrillers including The Rhythm Section, which was optioned by New Line in 2005 but currently remains unproduced.

In addition, The Hollywood Reporter mentions in passing that they are also working on a remake of the 1968 family musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which follows the adventures of a family and their magical flying car. While this may sound odd, the original was also produced by Albert R. Broccoli, as it was based on a children’s book by Ian Fleming. While I don’t have much to say about the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang remake, it’s pretty clear that spies and espionage are back in vogue and it’s not a bad idea for Eon to branch out with some different franchises. I just hope we’re not overwhelmed with too many Bourne clones in the next couple of years because something tells me the trend is going to get old fast.

  • Liz

    I think a Bourne-style “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” would be just about the only thing that could get me to see it.

  • Ahh, the good old days, when you could jump into your flying car with the family and jet off to parts unknown on a fantastic adventure without having to worry about your gov’t fining you for not wearing a seat-belt…


  • Hugo

    Yea!!! Another retread. More crappy CG. This can only be good if Jean Claude Van Dame can be in it.

  • martin

    they better use the origanal car because it wont be the same if they dont its an icon to the film

  • isduhfgcgx

    I just loved the original but if they re-make it ill be so pissed….

  • Mike

    I’m watching the original right now. Lets hope if they do remake it that they do a better job then “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” botch job that made Willy Wonka look like a child molester. Do we really have to recreate everything?

  • i think for the remake they should have a great about john goodman to play baron bomburst,bette midler as the baroness,hank azaria as the scary child catcher,tim conway as the toymaker,harry connick jr as mr potts and faith hill as truly.and comedian robin williams as grandpa potts.also have nathan lane and rennee abourjonis as the two spys for the baron.

  • this i think would be a great cast for a classic movie musical.

  • paul

    i think hank azaria as the child catcher would be a great choice cause hank would play it greatly.look he played gargamel.if he can be gargamel he would be great as the scary yet funny child catcher.