Mendes, Mulligan Head For The “Beach”

With the next James Bond on indefinite hold, director Sam Mendes looks to be moving onto other projects and is already looking at a film adaptation of author Ian McEwan’s 2007 novel “On Chesil Beach” for Focus Features reports Deadline.

Set in the UK in the 60’s, the story revolves around two repressed virgins in their early 20’s whose futile attempt at lovemaking leads to doubt and recriminations.

Carey Mulligan (“An Education,” “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”) is apparently interested in the female lead role while McEwan himself will adapt the script. McEwan is best known for the novels “Atonement,” “Enduring Love,” “The Innocent,” “Amsterdam,” “The Comfort of Strangers,” “Saturday” and “The Cement Garden”.

Mendes, who will also direct a musical production based on Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” opening next year, remains committed to the next James Bond film. He has, however, apparently told Disney he should no longer be considered to direct their upcoming ‘Wizard’ prequel “Oz: The Great and Powerful”.