THR is reporting that Sam Mendes (Away We Go) is in negotiations to direct the 23rd James Bond film. The production is clearly moving ahead much faster than expected, especially in light of yesterday’s report that Bond’s timetable was uncertain due the MGM sale. While that sale is still moving forward, Bond 23 has its eye on a 2011 release date. Writers Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Peter Morgan, and producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are still attached in their respective roles.
Back in October, Daniel Craig was signing autographs for fans when one asked when the next Bond film would come out. Craig said they were planning to shoot, “Late next year,” which is now late this year. It will be interesting to see if the hiring of Mendes pushes up the timetable on the film. It looks like it will definitely push back the adaptation of the Vertigo comic Preacher, which Mendes is also attached to direct.