Sam Mendes is unofficially secured by EON Productions and Sony to work on "Bond 24". Showbiz411, which first broke the news, learns that Mendes finally agrees to direct the upcoming Agent 007 film "after exhaustive negotiations." The site claims that the "Skyfall" helmer will "most likely" reunite with Daniel Craig in "Bond 25" too.
Mendes previously turned down producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson's offer to take charge of the latest installment of the British agent film franchise due to commitments to stage productions of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "King Lear". The "American Beauty" filmmaker himself admitted that it was "a very difficult decision" to make.
Following Mendes' refusal, several names of A-list directors were rumored to be in the mix of strong contenders for the coveted gig. Among them are Ang Lee of "Life of Pi", Nicolas Winding Refn of "Only God Forgives", David Yates of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" and Shane Black of "Iron Man 3".
If Mendes is indeed the one who takes the director's seat, he will reunite with John Logan, who wrote "Skyfall" and is attached to pen the next Bond movie. "Bond 24" is set to be released in 2016.