Earlier this month, we reported that Skyfall director Sam Mendes was not only locked for James Bond 24, but was also looking likely for James Bond 25. This was a welcome change from his previous stand of opting out of the sequels to focus on other projects. Unfortunately, you may want to hold off on that celebratory martini. At the premiere of his stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mendes spoke with HeyUGuys, and said, “In answer to the question you’re going to ask, I don’t know yet. I’m in discussion over the ‘B’ word and I won’t make any decision until this is open. It’s taken a long time to get this open and this has been my focus.”
That doesn’t mean he’s out of the running, but he’s definitely not locked down. I assume this must be a little frustrating to Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Skyfall was the biggest hit in the franchise, and it would be nice to quickly follow up on that success. Audiences won’t lose interest in Bond, but after Skyfall, we want to see 007 sooner rather than later.