The producers of the James Bond franchise have apparently decided that getting Skyfall director Sam Mendes to return for the next installment is worth the wait. Deadline reports that production on the next Bond film may be put on hold while Mendes completes work on two theater projects.
Mendes had initially recused himself from direction of the next Bond installment due to commitments involving a musical adaption of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory set to debut in London’s West End later this year. A Broadway production is also in the works. Mendes is also attached to a new stage version of Shakespeare’s King Lear, to be performed at London’s National Theater in early 2014.
Rumors have been circulating that producers were looking at directors such as Christopher Nolan or Ang Lee to helm the next Bond film. Bond producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli has since been in discussions with Mendes about returning, and are willing to wait it out while Mendes completes his stage commitments.
Skyfall has to date grossed $1.1 billion dollars at the box office globally, and received rave reviews from critics and viewers alike. Given that information, waiting for Mendes to complete his theater commitments is a no-brainer.
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