Sam Mendes will be returning to the James Bond franchise for at least one more movie.
Mendes, who directed the most financially successful film in Bond history, has signed on to direct the 24th Bond movie. The new movie is scheduled to be released in November 2015.
Mendez previously said that he wasn’t going to return to the series because of commitments to the theater. The director said that the producers have now worked out a schedule that will allow him to return for Bond 24.
Mendez said: “I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honor all my theater 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 Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time.”
Mendes, who won an Oscar in 2000 for American Beauty, created the most financially successful Bond movie in the history of the franchise. Skyfall earned over $1.1 billion at the box office.
MGM Chairman and CEO Gary Barber said: “We are thrilled to reunite the extraordinary talents of director Sam Mendes with our star Daniel Craig for the next great Bond adventure. As evidenced by the phenomenal success of our last collaboration with EON Productions and Sony, the incredible legacy of this 51-year-old franchise continues to amaze.”
John Logan, who wrote the screenplay for Skyfall, will return to write James Bond 24.
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