What?! Sam Mendes Now in Talks to Return for Next James Bond
by Ethan Anderton
May 28, 2013
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.