What?! Sam Mendes Now in Talks to Return for Next James Bond

May 28, 2013

Sam Mendes / James Bond

Well, this has been a busy day for James Bond 24. Hot on the heels of our exclusive news that Nicolas Winding Refn was being considered to direct the next installment of the long-running secret agent franchise, other names in the running were revealed including Shane Black, Ang Lee and Tom Hooper. Now Deadline seems to have the final word with a surprising twist. Skyfall director Sam Mendes stated back in March, "It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael [Wilson] and Barbara [Broccoli]’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie." But Mendes is now in talks to return after all. Read on!

Initially, Mendes had said, "Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond." Deadline says Wilson and Broccoli talked again with Mendes and they decided to wait for him to finish those previous commitments and start production on the next film sometime next year. So that means no Bond in 2014. But still, that's exciting news for Skyfall fans like myself, and Bond could fall to those other directors next time.

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  • ColtNoir
  • OfficialJab
    I think it's more fun when directors change, but if we do repeat one, I think he's a good choice. A new writer though.
  • Nielsen700
    Interesting. I usually like that they switch directors each time, but it's fucking Sam Mendes.
  • SV7
    He's done a JJ! 😛
  • N.
  • Love it.
  • I cannot believe the love this movie gets. Everything was wrong with Skyfall. From the atrocious boring theme song to the casting to the weak, badly paced action. The movie sure looked good tho. And some of the homages were great but overal, incl Q, I felt it was a disaster. First Bond Bluray i did not buy. Mendez is a good director but he just isn't good at shooting action. Then again, I was/am one of the few who did like QOS.
    • Cody W
      You didnt like the action in Skyfall but like QOS'? Cant really compute that.
      • You did like the action in Skyfall? Cant really compute that.
        • Cody W
          Well its pretty easy to compute considering the editing wasnt done by a 10 year old child with parkinsons and a dash of ongoing seizures.
  • Luis Eduardo Ortiz
    This is wonderful news! I loved SKYFALL and Sam Mendes is the man. But Commander James Bond Mr. Daniel Craig ain't getting any younger. So he might want to step it up in his projects so that he gets right back with James Bond's 24th. outing.
  • Winding Refn!!! IDIOTS!
  • Y8
    may be a good chance to perform when the director change, le's see the difference
  • nate
    The biggest news I got from this article is that they're planning to remake another Chocolate Factory movie? Really, do they really need to? Ooppsss... self correction, guess it's for stage theater.
    • MovieCritic2025
      If you had read this thoroughly you would have known that he was making a theatre production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, not a remake.
  • Bob
    No god please!!!!
  • David Banner
    May 29th, Dagbladet reports, via Comoyo Filter: Morten Tyldum was contacted and had a meeting with Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson from Eon Productions. They were wondering what his future plans were and wanted him to read a script.... Morten Tyldum confirms this, but will not go into detail about what the script was about
  • It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael
  • great information




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