Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sam Mendes in Talks for Bond 23

Well, I certainly wouldn't have predicted this choice, but apparently Sam Mendes (director of American Beauty, Jarhead, etc.) has been in talks with the Bond producers to helm the next installment of the celebrated spy series. If he does end up in the director's chair, it would be the second Bond film in a row to feature a mainstream director - and an Academy Award winner at that - after 2008's Quantam of Solace had Marc Forster heading production. This seems like an odd tread, but one that I'm open to. Both Forster and Mendes are directors who have switched comfortably from genre to genre, so watching their efforts on a big-budget adventure film seem intriguing. Production on the film could start as early as June, setting up a 2011 release.

Other than that, not much is known about the film, but that's pretty common with Bond films. I'm sure we won't even be getting a title until well into the future. Of course Daniel Craig is set to return, as well as Judi Dench. I'll keep an eye out for more news as it becomes available.

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