'Skyfall' will play tonight at the Chinese
007’s next mission: the AFI Fest. Sources tell Variety tonight’s “secret screening” at the AFI Film Festival is the latest James Bond film, “Skyfall.” Directed by Sam Mendes, the Sony-MGM thriller opens nationwide Friday after grossing a colossal $289 million overseas. “Skyfall,” which expanded to 53 markets this past weekend (including Germany, India, Italy and Spain), also became the highest-grossing debut ever in the U.K. ($59.9 million, beating the final “Harry Potter”). Screening tonight at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, “Skyfall” follows last year’s AFI “secret” screening of Steven Soderbergh’s low-budget pic “Haywire.” Best picture nominee “The Fighter,” helmed by David O. Russell, was the fest’s 2010 selection. Sony and MGM, which co-financed the 23rd Bond film, have no plans of stopping the bigscreen icon. The duo recently hired “Skyfall” co-writer John Logan to pen the next two 007 installments. Starring Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem, “Skyfall” marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise.