Some interesting James Bond news broke today—while Skyfall, the 23rd entry into the long-running James Bond franchise, is breaking Bond box office records and will likely go on to be the most successful (in unadjusted dollars) of the series, plans are already underway for the next film.

We’ve already reported that one-third of the screenwriting team would be returning for the Skyfall follow-up: John Logan.  However, we can now confirm, according to Coming Soon, that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have scripted five Bond films total, will not be returning for the next one.  Which, isn’t entirely unexpected.   That said, in their comments about the next film, they do reveal that Skyfall director Sam Mendes at least has a hand in the plot’s development:

“I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time.”

As Coming Soon notes, this is important, as Mendes had previously said he’d used up all of his Bond ideas on Skyfall.  Meaning, if he is returning to help flesh out the plot with Logan, could he possibly direct the follow-up Bond film as well?

Fingers crossed.

Would you like to see Mendes direct another Bond film?