In a screeching U-turn worthy of 007 and his Aston Martin, it looks as if Skyfall director Sam Mendes is intending to direct the upcoming 24th Bond movie after all.
Back in March, Mendes announced that he would not be taking producers up on the “very generous offer” to do the follow-up due to exisiting theatre commitments. But according to Deadline, producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have since agreed to hold off on filming until their main man is free.
It’s no wonder they want him back. Mendes took the 007 franchise to a new high with 2012’s Skyfall, which grossed $1.1 billion worldwide and set an all-time UK box office record by topping the £100 million mark.
Mendes has been spending his time since Skyfall on his first love, the theatre, preparing for the 25 June opening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The stage adaptation will make its way to Broadway later this year, and Mendes also plans to work on a production of King Lear too, but now looks able to do Bond on top of all that.
Skyfall co-writer John Logan will return to write the screenplay for the new movie and Daniel Craig will resume his role as Agent 007 for the film, due out in 2016.
The news comes after rumors that Eon and Sony/MGM representatives were considering other heavy-hitting directors such as Ang Lee, Christopher Nolan and Nicolas Winding Refn for the director’s chair.