Up until recently, everyone had the assumption that James Bond 24 (a.k.a. the currently-untitled Bond installment after Skyfall) would be arriving in theatres worldwide by Fall 2014. The rumors gained more credibility when it was announced that Skyfall co-writer John Logan would be handling the script and director Sam Mendes taking on the direction responsibilities once again. Mendes has decided to pass on the project due to other commitments. However, Logan is still attached to the project and will still be carrying out the scripting duties on 007′s next adventure.
After Skyfall became the first film in its 50 year franchise to join the billion dollar club last year, MGM has decided to capitalize the situation with another Bond movie. However, given the search for the right director to carry the franchise further ahead still going on, the studio is currently downplaying the idea of a release date next year.
MGM had given an official statement over the matter (via The Guardian):
“We are very excited about the franchise, we look forward to announcing a director soon,” said MGM chairman and chief executive officer Gary Barber in a conference call with investors. “We are currently developing the screenplay and working with our partners. We look forward to developing the script soon and signing a director. We are hoping within the next three years it will be released.”
With the official statement from the studio bosses coming in, this gives Logan enough time to construct a quality new story. Fans can be rest assured that 2015 can be another blockbuster year in the making as similar to 2012 – as The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall went on to become smash box office hits. However, 2015 will also mean James Bond 24 will face heavy competition with the likes of other big-time franchise offerings Star Wars: Episode VII and The Avengers 2.
It will seem interesting now for studio bosses to find a suitable replacement soon for outgoing director Sam Mendes. They will be more than particular to choose person more than capable of delivering an effort set after Skyfall’s success.
At the moment, the only person who seems attached and a favourite for the job is Guy Ritchie. However, the flamboyant director who made Sherlock Holmes a powerful name is currently working out to bring to screen the hit Cold War-era spy TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with Tom Cruise. It will be interesting to see if he chooses to carry on with his proposed effort or to take on the mantle to direct Bond 24.
As of now, all sights are set on Ritchie – especially after the re-invention of Sherlock Holmes. It would be exciting to see his version of 007 as his style has been oft revered by many.
Stay tuned. More on James Bond 24 as the story develops.