By Will Ashton
In some unexpected news—at least for those continuing to think film is dead in the Hollywood studio system—it has just been revealed both Bond 24 and the upcoming third season of Twins Peaks, airing on Netflix, will be shot on film.
The news on the upcoming Bond film, which is title-less at the moment and therefore called Bond 24 until that changes, came from a recent interview with cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema for In Contention’s Kris Tapley at Hitflix. The DP blunted stated, “I’m going onto film [for Bond], yeah. I love film,” when asked which forum he would use of the action sequel.
Remembering that Hoytema shot Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar on film, this news isn’t necessarily shocking. But considering that Skyfall, the last Bond feature, was the first to be shot entirely on digital —to wide acclaim, thanks to cinematographer Roger Deakins stunning work for the movie— it was assumed the new Bond feature would follow suit. Also, considering that Hoytema proved equally adapt at shooting on digital as on film thanks to his camera work in Spike Jonze’s Her, few worried that the film would not look good in either format. Still, this is definitely a sign of acceptance for keeping the film in the field, a good sign for film lovers. With a December production start set, Bond 24 is set to hit U.S. theaters on November 6, 2015.
On a similar note, director and Twin Peaks show creator David Lynch confirmed to both Agenda Magazine and WelcometoTwinPeaks.com he will be shooting the show’s new third season for Showtime on film, following suit with the original two seasons—also shot on film during their initial 1990 and 1991 airing. Lynch will direct every episode of the new season, which air on an undisclosed date in 2016.
“We’re gonna do the same things, but in better quality, and film remains the best quality,” Lynch said on the matter, but has kept decidedly mum on any other details on the new season.
While people continue to bemoan the death of film, as projects like these —and other big-budget films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Fury and Interstellar, to name a few— prove, film is still a part of the Hollywood circuit.