Earlier today we reported that the next James Bond film, currently dubbed Bond 23, could be delayed a bit while MGM sorts out their financial situation. Following up on that, however, we’ve got a pretty huge announcement that is no doubt intended to offset all of the disappointment Bond fans may have felt after reading the previous headline. It seems that they have now zeroed in on a director for the next film, and it is Sam Mendes of American Beauty fame.
According to THR’s Heat Vision Blog, Mendes is currently in negotiations for the job, and they are actually hoping to fast-track production, possibly with cameras rolling as early as June and aiming for a 2011 release. Well, that sounds a lot more positive, doesn’t it?
The bigger question here is whether or not Sam Mendes can bring the franchise back to where it needs to be. A lot of people felt like Marc Forster dropped the ball on Quantum of Solace and strayed too far from the Bond formula. Considering that Mendes has never directed an action movie before, I don’t think he’s going get “back to basics” either, but I am pretty intrigued at the thought of the man who did Road to Perdition now directing a Bond flick. Some might worry about getting two “art house” Bond flicks in a row, but personally I’m all for it. In the end, you can’t complain, because after all, he’s British! So what do you have to say about this surprising news? Does Sam Mendes give us reason to be excited about Bond 23?