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  • Sam Mendes to direct Bond 23

    By | January 7, 2010

    Source: The Hollywood Reporter

    Sam Mendes is currently in negotiations with Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (EON), to direct the 23rd James Bond picture once again starring Daniel Craig that is currently moving right along regardless of MGM’s (Bond’s Parent Company) current FOR SALE sign.

    The production could begin as early as June, for a theatrical release slated in 2011. 44 year-old Mendes already boasts an eclectic career catalog of drama and comedy from American Beauty, Revolutionary Road, Road To Perdition, and Away We Go...but Bond? With the new direction of gritty fast passed action and sleek modern editing, will Mendes be able to capture those elements and meld them with what he’s already good at? I’m really intrigued by this selection of director and look forward to see how it all pans out.

    Here is the report from the Trades:

    It’s Mendes. Sam Mendes. The British helmer is in negotiations to direct the 23rd installment of the venerable James Bond franchise.

    Production is being fast-tracked and could begin as early as June with an eye toward a 2011 release. Plans for the film are moving forward despite a possible sale of MGM. Sony co-produced and distributed the most recent installment of the 007 series with MGM.

    Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are writing, along with “Frost/Nixon” scribe Peter Morgan. Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are producing. Daniel Craig will reprise his role as 007.

    The film will be Mendes’ first action-heavy project, although his 2005 effort “Jarhead” was set amid U.S. war in Kuwait. Mendes’ last directorial effort, the road-trip dramedy “Away We Go,” grossed $10 million domestically last summer.

    Marc Forster directed the previous Bond film, 2008’s “Quantum of Solace,” which grossed $586 million worldwide.

    Mendes is repped by CAA.

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