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Following Skyfall’s staggering $1 billion success in worldwide box office receipts, it was certainly no surprise that Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson were fast-tracking the as-yet untitled Bond 24, with Daniel Craig and Skyfall screenwriter John Logan signed on to return.  Broccoli and Wilson also clearly wanted Skyfall director Sam Mendes to return—however, Mendes deferred, stating his busy schedule wouldn’t allow it.  Then, it was reported that MGM was courting Mendes to return, and the director was open to negotiate.  And then, word slipped out that Mendes may direct not just one, but two more Bond films.  So, everyone was happy, right?

Well, it appears that progress may not have gone as far as we’d hoped, as Mendes, while keeping things relatively vague, recently stated in a red carpet interview that he isn’t sure if he’ll stick with the “B-word” franchise or not:

“I don’t know yet.  I’m in discussions over the ‘B-word’ and I won’t make any decisions until this [his theatrical production of Charlie and Chocolate Factory] is over.”

So, Bond fans, you may wish to keep your expectations low for the time being; that said, it’s unlikely that Broccoli and Wilson, will stumble as hard again with a director the way they did with Marc Forster on Quantum of Solace (we hope).

What do you think of the Bond news?

Source: Cinema Blend