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Bond 24: It’s Officially Official, Sam Mendes Will Return to Direct

Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig
MGM

He is, then he isn’t, then maybe he is but also, maybe not. Now it’s official: Sam Mendes will return to direct ‘Bond 24‘ after originally passing on the ‘Skyfall‘ follow-up.

After reports that said Mendes would return for ‘Bond 24,’ the director threw cold water on that notion recently saying that there was no deal and his future plans were still up in the air. But alas, Sony Pictures has officially signed Mendes on for ‘Bond 24′ and set the film for a November 6, 2015 release date. John Logan, who wrote ‘Skyfall,’ will also return for ‘Bond 24.’

Said Mendes in a statement:

I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24. I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time.

This is despite Mendes once saying that the thought of returning for another James Bond movie made him “physically ill” and that he instead wanted to focus on his London production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

Other directors that were briefly considered for the ‘Bond 24′ were Nicolas Winding-Refn, Danny Boyle and even Christopher Nolan. But considering ‘Skyfall’ made over $1 billion for Sony/MGM, they were very hot to get Mendes back for another follow-up.

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