The latest Bond film in the franchise, "Skyfall", was both a critical and huge financial success. With Sam Mendes at the helm and Daniel Craig reprising his role as the suave spy, the film was a stylistic and welcomed edition, offering a redemption for the lackluster "Quantum of Solace".
When Sony and MGM approached Mendes to direct the next installment titled "Bond 24" at the moment, he originally declined due to scheduling confits. Mendes is pursuing a musical version of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" as well as a production of King Lear, which will have him tied up for the remainder of the year.
The studio execs reached out to a plethora of some of the best directors in Hollywood, including such names as Nicolas Winding Refn, Ang Lee, Shane Black, Tom Hooper and David Yates. Yet they still however had their sights set on Mendes returning, and now appear to be willing to work with his previous commitments and pushing their desired release date, in order to get him to helm the film.
Daniel Craig will be returning for "Bond 24", and Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are all expected to return as well. We'll keep you posted if Mendes will also be on that list of returnees.
Do you think they should hold out for Mendes to return or would you rather see a new director tackle the next "Bond"? Let us know in the comments section below!
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