Mike Fleming

Here’s some exciting stage news. Director Sam Mendes and Kevin Spacey, who each won Oscars for American Beauty, have announced they will reunite in a production of William Shakespeare’s Richard III. Mendes will direct and Spacey will star in a production that will open at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater in early 2012. An international tour follows before the production arrives in May, 2012 at the Old Vic, where Spacey is artistic director. I can only guess the scheduling means that Mendes hopes to direct the James Bond film sometime next year, before taking on the stage project. Bond has been frozen because of the continuing troubles of MGM, which seems finally poised to plunge itself into a prepackaged bankruptcy, and then emerge with Spyglass partners Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber steering the ship.

Mendes has separately been working on a stage musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and planning to direct Carey Mulligan in an adaptation of the Ian McEwan novella On Chesil Beach. Mendes originally hoped to bring Charlie in for a holiday 2011 premiere in London, before moving it to Broadway.  He’ll have to multi-task.

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