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Published On: Wed, May 29th, 2013

‘Bond 24’ may get delayed as Sam Mendes in talks to return as director

Sony Pictures and MGM have started talks for Sam Mendes to return and direct Daniel Craig in the next installment of the James Bond franchise. Skyfall was easily the biggest Bond film, becoming the eighth-highest-grossing film of all time with $1.1 billion worldwide.

skyfall-daniel-craig-tom-ford2The famous director stated he wasn’t returning for the next film, but the studio seems willing to wait for him to finish the UK and Broadway runs of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which pushes Bond back.

Mendes claimed the musical and King Lear were his new priorities and producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli seemed resigned and they moved on.

“It has been a very difficult decision not to accept [producers] Michael [G. Wilson] and Barbara [Broccoli’s] very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie,” Mendes admitted to Empire despite speaking highly of the experience.

“Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life … [I] very much hope I have a chance to work with them again sometime in the future,” Mendes said.

John Logan is writing the next film.

More updates are certain to follow.

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    […] next Bond film, following the blockbuster success of 2012′s Skyfall  will once again be directed by Sam Mendes, who did a bit negotiating before returning to the […]

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    […] Sam Mendes is going to do a UK and Broadway version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory before getting back in the Bond director’s chair, meaning that the next Bond won’t be out until at least 2015, rumors are already flying […]

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