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Sam Mendes may return for Bond 24

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Though he outright turned down the offer to return and direct the next James Bond film following last year’s Skyfall, it seems 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.

After 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 Factory 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 contacted Broccoli and Wilson, and the filmmaker has changed his mind 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.

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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