It seems Sam Mendes will return to direct the next James Bond film after all. After helming Skyfall, the franchise's highest-grossing film, fans assumed that Mendes was a lock for the next. But at first he declined the assignment, because he had previous obligations and didn't believe he could meet the target release date of fall 2014.
To accommodate Mendes's schedule, however, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson decided to push the release date back. The two announced the decision earlier this week and confirmed that Daniel Craig will once again reprise his role as Agent 007.
"I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honor all my theater commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24," said Mendes in a statement. "I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time."
Skyfall writer John Logan has already started working on the script. And though no one else has been confirmed besides Craig, Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q) and Ralph Fiennes (M) are expected to reprise their roles. With a director at the helm, we are free to speculate. Where do you see Bond going from here? Are you still mourning the loss of Judi Dench as the cunning M?
James Bond 24 is now slated to hit U.S. theaters Nov. 6, 2015.
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