Refn On “Spectre” Rejection, His Own Bond Film

Continuing his press commitments for “The Neon Demon,” filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn has once again indicated his initial interest and early discussions for a big budget studio film that he ultimately passed on in favour of doing his own projects.

Speaking with The Telegraph, Refn confirms that he was approached to direct the most recent James Bond film “Spectre” before Sam Mendes agreed to return. Now though he’s instead working on his own spy film of sort with “The Avenging Silence” – a movie that boasts a script from Bond franchise regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

The pair penned six 007 movies including “Casino Royale,” “Quantum Of Solace,” “Skyfall,” and “Spectre,” and Refn says he opted to do his own film as that way he gets to see his vision through to the end: “I just know this way I can do whatever I want, and that outweighs any money anyone can give me.”

Specifics of the plot, casting or filming schedule have yet to be released.