Could "Skyfall" director Sam Mendes be returning to helm the next entry in the James Bond franchise after all?
The Daily Mail in the UK suggests that Mendes' reluctance to return for "Bond 24" was due to an earlier plan by Sony, MGM & EON to have "Skyfall" scribe John Logan script the next two Bond films as a connected story that would be shot back-to-back.
It would have essentially been a four year commitment on Mendes' part, on top of the two he already gave for "Skyfall," so the hesitation is understandable.
Now though, the dual-film plan has apparently been scrapped in favour of a stand-alone film, so the director is said to be reconsidering.
Mendes and Logan have been developing the story for the next film, and a source for the paper claims Mendes is "75% of the way towards doing it." Right now he's waiting on a finished script before signing.
Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are hoping to get filming underway at the end of the year for a late 2014 release.
Source: The Daily Mail