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Next Bond movie should hit theaters "within the next three years" and a new director could be announced soon

Mar. 20, 2013by:

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There was a lot of hemming and hawing before Sam Mendes finally decided to not direct a follow up to SKYFALL. But production on a new film isn't going to slow down without Mendes on board.

Reuters is reporting that MGM Chairman and CEO Gary Barber had a conference call with investors and he spoke about where the studio stands regarding Bond 24:

We are very excited about the franchise, we look forward to announcing a director soon.

I'm not sure if that means that they are still looking for a director and hope to find one soon or that they have found the person they want to direct the next Bond film but can't confirm anything just yet. Gary Barber also goes on to add:

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 3 years it will be released.

Three years may seem like a long time but it's not unreasonably long considering there was a four year wait between QUANTUM OF SOLACE and SKYFALL. MGM could very easily rush a Bond movie into theaters to capitalize on the goodwill created by SKYFALL but I'm glad to see they are holding back. SKYFALL's success in theaters wasn't just because of Sam Mendes' directing. 007 had major exposure leading up to the film's release (Summer Olympics opening ceremony, Bond 50th year anniversary) and those are things the studio can't really duplicate for Bond 24.

MGM knows that SKYFALL set the bar incredibly high for the next film in the franchise but I think they are invested in making a quality film that keeps the Bond brand strong and are not creating a new film "just because." Daniel Craig may only do two more Bond movies so it'll be very interesting to see who they pick to direct the next Bond film before the series gets a bit of a overhaul.

Bond 24 should be in theaters sometime in 2016.

Extra Tidbit: Who do you think has the best chance of directing Bond 24? Will it be another big name director?
Source: Reuters

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3:09PM on 03/20/2013

The likely suspects and my own personal picks.

If we're talking likely choices then I really do think Matthew Vaughan stands a decent shot of at least being considered for the project. I could see this going a couple of ways though. If they continue the trend of going wit more critically acclaimed dramatic directors then I think Tom Hooper, Tomas Alfredson and Joe Wright could all be likely contenders. If they decide to go with a more action one then I think Guy Ritchie and Doug Jones would be likely candidates. Either way I could see
If we're talking likely choices then I really do think Matthew Vaughan stands a decent shot of at least being considered for the project. I could see this going a couple of ways though. If they continue the trend of going wit more critically acclaimed dramatic directors then I think Tom Hooper, Tomas Alfredson and Joe Wright could all be likely contenders. If they decide to go with a more action one then I think Guy Ritchie and Doug Jones would be likely candidates. Either way I could see Alfonso Cuaron being a possible contender as well, and I know American directors are longshots when it comes to Bond, but honestly I could kind of see them considering Kathryn Bigelow for it, which would make me really, really happy.

In terms of my who I'd personally like to see take it on. I won't lie, I really would love to see Nolan do a Bond film at some point. Aside from him though, my top five would be: Martin McDonagh, Kathryn Bigelow, Joe Wright, Alfonso Cuaron, and Anton Corbjin.
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1:11PM on 03/20/2013
First choice is Nolan but I'd like to see Spielberg's dream of directing a Bond come true
First choice is Nolan but I'd like to see Spielberg's dream of directing a Bond come true
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12:27PM on 03/20/2013

Martin McDonagh anyone?

Have people forgotten about Martin McDonagh? "In Bruges"? Come on!
Also suggest: Martin Campbell, David Fincher.
It would be great to discover that Steven Spielberg or Christopher Nolan will finally agree to do a Bond film. Or just make Sam Mendes an offer he can't refuse.
Have people forgotten about Martin McDonagh? "In Bruges"? Come on!
Also suggest: Martin Campbell, David Fincher.
It would be great to discover that Steven Spielberg or Christopher Nolan will finally agree to do a Bond film. Or just make Sam Mendes an offer he can't refuse.
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12:59PM on 03/20/2013
Agree. Been saying this since news broke Mendes wasn't coming back. I think McDonagh is the most interesting choice. Vaughn isn't signed to anything right now though, so I'm thinking he'll probably end up being the studio's first choice.
Agree. Been saying this since news broke Mendes wasn't coming back. I think McDonagh is the most interesting choice. Vaughn isn't signed to anything right now though, so I'm thinking he'll probably end up being the studio's first choice.
11:51AM on 03/20/2013
Two suggestions on some British directors that would work. Duncan Jones or Steve McQueen
Two suggestions on some British directors that would work. Duncan Jones or Steve McQueen
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11:35AM on 03/20/2013
Aghhhh.... The wait will kill me if it's 2016. Daniel Craig isn't getting any younger too! I suppose it's for the best rather than try to rush a 2-year turn-around.
Aghhhh.... The wait will kill me if it's 2016. Daniel Craig isn't getting any younger too! I suppose it's for the best rather than try to rush a 2-year turn-around.
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10:58AM on 03/20/2013
Tidbit: Michael bay,Roland emmerich,paul w.s. Anderson,George lucas,Bret ratner,Barry Sonnenfeld.
Tidbit: Michael bay,Roland emmerich,paul w.s. Anderson,George lucas,Bret ratner,Barry Sonnenfeld.
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11:38AM on 03/20/2013
Personally I don't fee like any of those are very realistic choices. First there's the simple fact that most of them are American, which doesn't necessarily take them out of the running, but it does mean they'd all be dark horses (and by definition, not the mostly likely candidates) also they're all pretty mainstream action directors, and they seem like they've made a conscious effort to steer clear of those since Campbell. Also Lucas has essentially retired from filmmaking and most of the
Personally I don't fee like any of those are very realistic choices. First there's the simple fact that most of them are American, which doesn't necessarily take them out of the running, but it does mean they'd all be dark horses (and by definition, not the mostly likely candidates) also they're all pretty mainstream action directors, and they seem like they've made a conscious effort to steer clear of those since Campbell. Also Lucas has essentially retired from filmmaking and most of the others already have franchise commitments (or potential franchise commitments) which would make it tricky to impossible for them to direct even if they were offered the job.
11:52AM on 03/20/2013
Dude I think this is just James Bourne's lazy attempt at trolling.
Dude I think this is just James Bourne's lazy attempt at trolling.
4:40PM on 03/20/2013
Or, have all six directors do the movie... it's win win
Or, have all six directors do the movie... it's win win
10:30AM on 03/20/2013
What about Fiennes as a director? He did a good job with Coriolanus, and he's already involved in the series...
What about Fiennes as a director? He did a good job with Coriolanus, and he's already involved in the series...
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8:51AM on 03/20/2013
I want more Casino Royale and less Skyfall.
I want more Casino Royale and less Skyfall.
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8:26AM on 03/20/2013
I still think the new director is going to be either Guy Ritchie or Matthew Vaughn. Which would be fine in my opinion.
I still think the new director is going to be either Guy Ritchie or Matthew Vaughn. Which would be fine in my opinion.
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11:40AM on 03/20/2013
Yeah, I'm not saying those would necessarily be who I'd *want* to direct (Vaughan I'd be fine with especially considering he did Layer Cake which helped Craig nab the Bond role to begin with, Ritchie not so much), but I feel that they are both very realistic possibilities.
Yeah, I'm not saying those would necessarily be who I'd *want* to direct (Vaughan I'd be fine with especially considering he did Layer Cake which helped Craig nab the Bond role to begin with, Ritchie not so much), but I feel that they are both very realistic possibilities.
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