MGM has announced that Oscar winning British filmmaker Sam Mendes ("American Beauty") has been hired to direct the upcoming "23rd James Bond" movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, despite recent concerns that the production was temporarily on hold, MGM is on track to release "Bond 23" in late 2011.
This announcement was probably being held, but with the recent rumors the production had been delayed due to a possible sale of MGM it most likely meant the producers wanted to clear the air.
"Bond" regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are writing, along with "Frost/Nixon" scribe Peter Morgan. Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are producing. Daniel Craig will, of course, reprise his role as 007.
As far as story goes there are no details other than a quote from Morgan saying it was a "shocking story."
Mendes landing the job is a victory for "Bond" fans, but what exactly does it mean for Mendes' involvement with "Preacher"?
Certainly, if Mendes is on board and MGM is seriously eyeing a June production start, "Preacher" will not be the director's next film. Given the amount of time it takes to work on a movie, its highly unlikely that Mendes would be able to work on "Preacher" until sometime in mid to late 2011. And even that is questionable as Mendes was was talking about putting "Preacher" aside for another film anyway.
Mendes' ascension to the Bond director's seat is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it's a great move towards the quality of 007's next adventure, but on the other it's problematic for the fans of "Preacher."
What do you think about Mendes directing the next "Bond" film? Do you think he should direct "Preacher" instead?
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Sources: Rope of Silicon, First Showing, MTV News