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It seems as though Sam Mendes may not be too keen on other filmmakers stepping on his turf.
Just a short while ago we reported that Eon and Sony were looking at directors like Nicolas Winding Refn, Ang Lee, Shane Black, David Yates and Tom Hooper as potential helmers of the untitled Bond 24, but suddenly it appears that Mendes is actually back in the running in a big way. Deadline is saying that Mendes and the studios have actually begun active talks for the Oscar winner to come back for a follow-up to Skyfall. It's an interesting development given that the previous story said that it would be a while before a director was hired. I suppose they have Mendes in a good position and want to try and lock him down.
It's been tricky trying to follow the ever-developing "Will Sam Mendes direct Bond 24?" story. Back in February it looked as though the franchise was going to be able to bring him back, but then those talks seemingly cooled. In March producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson seemed confident that they would eventually be able to bring Mendes back, but weren't promising it would be for the next film. "We will get him back," Broccoli said at the time. "We haven’t given up hope... Maybe not for the next one… but we will get him back again."
As exciting as it can be to see what a new filmmaker can do with a character as interesting as James Bond, I would be incredibly happy to see Mendes come back. But what do you think? Answer our poll below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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