Sad news today. Sam Mendes will not be directing another James Bond film. Mendes was tentatively scheduled to return to the follow-up to the highest grossing film of the franchise, Skyfall. I absolutely loved Skyfall, and most of it due to Mendes' decisions on the film. Much like other great filmmakers, Mendes doesn't want to be tied down to one 'world' for too long. In a statement today to Empire magazine today, he explained why he's leaving the 007 world:
It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael [G. Wilson] and Barbara [Broccoli]’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie,” Mendes said. “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.So there you have it. Mendes is going to work in the theater, where I'm sure he is going to kill it. Sad news for all of us that enjoyed Skyfall. But let's look at the bright side... The franchise's directing gig just opened up for another Bond fan. Can you guess who? I'll give you a hint. He's one of the most innovative filmmakers of our generations, and has already expressed interest in directing a Bond film. If you don't know yet, click here for the answer. Here's hoping my hunch comes true!