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Sam Mendes In Talks to Return for Next James Bond Movie

The day started out with five directors on a short list of potential candidates to helm James Bond 24. Names on it included Oscar-winner Ang Lee and Tom Hooper as well as Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, Drive's Nicholas Winding Refn and David Yates, who directed the majority of the Harry Potter films.

Curiously, Christopher Nolan, who had been rumored to be in discussion for the role a couple of weeks ago, was not on the short list.

Now, wait for it...Deadline reports that Skyfall director Sam Mendes is in talks to return to helm the next James Bond movie.

Mendes had initially turned down offers to helm the 24th movie in the James Bond series claiming that he wanted to focus on other projects. It appears now that Sony is willing to wait for him.

Sony is also currently working out details in regards to Daniel Craig's contract. Craig had signed an extension last summer to reprise the Bond role for two more films. It appears that neither Sony nor Craig's reps anticipated Skyfall to be the $1.1 billion worldwide hit of 2012.

James Bond 24 is tentatively slated for a 2015 release, though depending on how long contract negotiations take with Craig, that date could get bumped into 2016.

Are you excited to see Mendes back for more Bond?



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