Adele may be returning to song duties on the next Bond movie, but mega-successful Skyfall director Sam Mendes won't be.
Same Mendes had stated he would make only one Bond movie and it seems he is sticking to his word, despite the huge success of Skyfall. Confiding recently to Empire Magazine his decision:
“It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie. Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond."
Mendes though, seems hesitant to rule out the possibility of returning to the Bond franchise a few years down the road:
"I feel very honoured to have been part of the Bond family, and very much hope I have a chance to work with them again sometime in the future".
Though for Bond fans, this might be bad news, it's not for Mendes fans. Director of such films as American Beauty, Road to Perdition, and Jarhead, it will be exciting to see what his next film project is. Currentlly he is working on Penny Dreadful, a series for Showtime described on IMDB only as "Some of literature's most famously terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula. become embroiled in Victorian London"