It’s been a long and rocky road to finally come to the day in which Skyfall director Sam Mendes is officially confirmed as the director of the as-yet untitled 24th James Bond film—as we’ve previously reported, 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. Finally, just two weeks ago, Mendes said he had no idea if he’d be directing the film, as he was too focused on theatrical productions.
And yet today, we finally have confirmation that Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have finally managed to secure Mendes to helm Bond 24, with Skyfall co-writer John Logan penning the script. Further, it’s no surprise that the Bond producers would want to reunite the creative dream team of Mendes and Logan with Bond star Daniel Craig, as Skyfall managed to rake in $1 billion in worldwide box office. Check out the official press release below:
SAM MENDES RETURNS TO DIRECT BOND 24
Director’s Follow-Up to SKYFALL™, the Highest-Grossing Film in the Longest Running Film Franchise, to Arrive in Theaters on October 23, 2015 in the UK and November 6, 2015 in the US
CULVER CITY, Calif., July 11, 2013 – Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, EON Productions; Gary Barber, Chairman & CEO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Entertainment, Inc, and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that Daniel Craig will once again return as the legendary British secret agent in the 24th James Bond film and Sam Mendes will also return to direct the screenplay written by John Logan. The film is set for release in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in US theaters on November 6, 2015.
SKYFALL™, the 23rd James Bond film, took in $1.1 billion worldwide and set a new mark as the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK; it was the best-selling Bond film on DVD/Blu-ray and was the most critically acclaimed film in the history of the longest-running film franchise.
Commenting on the announcement, Wilson and Broccoli said, “Following the extraordinary success of SKYFALL, we’re really excited to be working once again with Daniel Craig, Sam Mendes and John Logan.”
“I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24. 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,” said Mendes.
Barber added, “We are thrilled to reunite the extraordinary talents of director Sam Mendes with our star Daniel Craig for the next great Bond adventure.” He added, “As evidenced by the phenomenal success of our last collaboration with EON Productions and Sony, the incredible legacy of this 51-year-old franchise continues to amaze.”
Lynton and Pascal said, “It’s a privilege to work on the Bond films. EON, John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with an extraordinary follow up to SKYFALL and we, along with our partners at MGM, can’t wait to share this new chapter with audiences all over the world.”
Whew—at least this means we won’t get another Quantum of Solace, right?
What do you think of the Bond 24 news?