Sam Mendes in Talks to Return for JAMES BOND 24

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Well here’s a development that’s surprising for a couple of reasons.  Though he outright turned down the offer to return and direct the next James Bond film following last year’s Skyfall, it appears that Sam Mendes has had a change of heart as he is now in negotiations to direct Bond 24.  This comes just hours after a report from Variety, which claimed that an impressive lineup of directors—including Nicolas Winding Refn and Ang Lee—had met with EON Productions and Sony about taking on the Bond 24 directing gig.  Hit the jump for more. 

sam-mendes-james-bond-24After Skyfall opened to overwhelmingly positive reviews and raked in over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael H. Wilson approached Mendes about returning to helm the next installment of the franchise.  Mendes declined to return this past March, citing his commitments to stage productions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factor and King Lear as obstacles that would prevent him from making the 2014/2015 release date that EON was aiming to hit.

Now Deadline reports that Mendes recently got back in touch with Broccoli and Wilson, and the filmmaker subsequently changed his tune and is now in talks to direct the 24th James Bond film.  Apparently the producers have agreed to wait until Mendes has completed his stage commitments before moving forward with Bond 24, which is in keeping with the hoped for 2016 release date that we reported on earlier today.  Mendes is currently knee-deep in prepping the West End launch of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factor musical, after which he is expected to move on to helming a stage adaptation of King Lear.

This is a refreshing development, not only because Mendes crafted one of the best Bond films ever made with Skyfall, but also because a studio is actually willing to wait and not rush a franchise entry in order to ensure that it is creatively up to snuff.  This is rare nowadays, as studios frequently begin work on the next installment of a series before the current one is even finished filming.  With Mendes not having to rush towards a firm release date, the director should have plenty of time to collaborate with Skyfall screenwriter John Logan in order to put together a hopefully worthy follow-up film.

We learned back in November that Mendes and Logan already had a story idea for Bond 24, so it’ll be interesting to see how they deliver on the many developments that occurred in Skyfall.

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  • Keegan

    so long as Deakins is back for cinematography and they get a villain to top Bardem, then this will be another masterpiece modern Bond

    • jack

      i vote blofeld, but who could play him?

      • doctor_robot

        mike myers!! (i joke)

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  • Still a fan

    Paperboy came, brought me the good news!

  • Quentin T.

    2016?!??!?!?!?! A new Bond every 4 years? I know its kinda good because its all about the quality now, but…… a Connery Bond would come out every year to start with in the sixties!! But as long as they take all the good will from SKYFALL and deliver something better, unlike what they did with Quantum, then people will be happy.

  • Person

    I loved Skyfall, but I’d rather have someone new direct the next one. Give Mendes some time to recharge and come back later, maybe with another actor a la Martin Campbell (who did two of the best Bonds ever). Oh well.

  • Yurine

    I thought he said he was going to do other projects before coming back to bond.

  • Strong Enough

    2016? damn daniel is old

  • meh

    Someone at Sony said that Bond 24 would be released BY 2016 that doesn’t mean it will be released in 2016. I think Collider have misunderstood. I reckon we will see it Summer 2015 or Autumn/Fall 2015.

  • Bob

    No. New Bond film with Nolan or David Yates(he’s on their reported shortlist) as director and Michael Fassbender as Bond.

  • Alex B.

    Benedict Cumberbatch for the next villain!

  • Red

    I wasn’t overly impressed with Skyfall and I was hoping for Nolan to take his shot at the next one. To me Casino Royale was the best out of the ones with Daniel Craig.

    • ikkf

      Casino Royale is still my favorite too. It had the freshness of being the first one, kinda like Batman Begins. But Skyfall had its moments too. It’s my second favorite.

  • vj1277

    This isn’t a surprise. By saying he wouldn’t do it right when Skyfall came out, Mendes ensured the production company would offer him more to come back (pending a great box office). No studio wants to gamble. Gary Ross tried this on Hunger Games and failed. Even Nolan did this twice with Batman.

  • matt420

    Mendes: “I bloody-well love doing Shakespeare on stage to further hone my talents with my craft… Then there’s that little project I did that made over $1 Billion, sooo… $$$$”.

  • Josiah Sandhu

    Does any one think that Michael Fassbender would be a good Bond? better than Craig maybe?

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