With Sam Mendes bowing out, the James Bond series needs a new director to take the reins. According to the Daily Mail, director Christopher Nolan is on the shortlist for the gig.
While talks are still in the "informal" stage, it would certainly be interesting to see Nolan tackle the movie. After all, he was a source of inspiration for Mendes's Skyfall. But would the in-demand filmmaker have time to dedicate to the next installment?
Mendes, who declined due to prior obligations, told the Daily Mail that the upcoming sequel would require up to 18 months for pre-production. That's a serious time commitment for anyone, especially for Nolan, who is fielding offers from every quarter. Plus, he is currently in the midst of pre-production for his own film, Interstellar, a sci-fi flick scheduled for release in November 2014, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain.
James Bond series producer Eon Productions may not be able to snare Nolan, but a source for the UK company is quoted on their website as saying, "it does no harm for [the company's executives Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson] to talk with [him]." Maybe just putting the idea in his head could lead Nolan to take over Bond 24 or another installment down the line.
Inspired in part by Skyfall's success, MGM has already committed to moving forward with the movie and distributing it within three years. Skyfall has brought in more than $1.1 billion at the box office, marking the first time a Bond film has crossed the $1 billion mark.
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