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

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May 28, 2013

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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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Reader Feedback - 19 Comments

1

w00t

ColtNoir on May 28, 2013

2

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.

OfficialJab on May 28, 2013

3

Interesting. I usually like that they switch directors each time, but it's fucking Sam Mendes.

Nielsen700 on May 28, 2013

4

He's done a JJ! 😛

SV7 on May 28, 2013

5

Awesome!

N. on May 28, 2013

6

Love it.

Quanah on May 28, 2013

7

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.

Sascha Dikiciyan on May 28, 2013

8

You didnt like the action in Skyfall but like QOS'? Cant really compute that.

Cody W on May 28, 2013

9

You did like the action in Skyfall? Cant really compute that.

Sascha Dikiciyan on May 28, 2013

10

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.

Cody W on May 29, 2013

11

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.

Luis Eduardo Ortiz on May 28, 2013

12

Winding Refn!!! IDIOTS!

Diaz Vic on May 28, 2013

13

may be a good chance to perform when the director change, le's see the difference

Y8 on May 29, 2013

14

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.

nate on May 29, 2013

15

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.

MovieCritic2025 on May 29, 2013

16

No god please!!!!

Bob on May 29, 2013

17

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

David Banner on May 29, 2013

18

It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael

minecraft on Jun 7, 2013

19

great information

ryditya909 on Jul 31, 2013

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