James Bond 24 to Release ‘Within the Next 3 Years’; Director Announcement ‘Soon’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:24 am,

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For a while it seemed that James Bond 24 (a.k.a. the currently-untitled Bond installment after Skyfall) could be arriving by Fall 2014, with Skyfall co-writer John Logan handling the script and director Sam Mendes taking the helm again. Logan is still carrying out scripting duties on 007′s next adventure but, for better or worse, Mendes has decided to pass on directing.

MGM is pressing full-steam ahead with another Bond movie, aiming to capitalize on Skyfall becoming the first installment in the 50-year old franchise to gross over $1 billion worldwide in theaters. However, the studio is downplaying the idea of a release date next year, as the search for a proper directorial candidate gets fully underway.

Here is the studio’s official statement on the matter (via The Guardian):

“We are very excited about the franchise, we look forward to announcing a director soon,” said MGM chairman and chief executive officer Gary Barber in a conference call with investors. “We are currently developing the screenplay and working with our partners. We look forward to developing the script soon and signing a director. We are hoping within the next three years it will be released.”

A theatrical release “within the next three years” puts James Bond 24 on course to arrive by 2015 or 2016, meaning the amount of time between installments might (emphasis on might) end up being as long as the four-year gap between Quantum of Solace and Skyfall - which, in part, resulted from MGM’s bankruptcy a couple years ago.

Daniel Craig Skyfall James Bond 24 to Release Within the Next 3 Years; Director Announcement Soon

However, 2015 seems more likely, as it would give Logan and whoever directs the proper time to construct a quality new installment; not to mention, heighten the anticipation factor without also causing moviegoers to become too restless as they wait for more Bond. If that happens then 2015 is shaping up to be “the new 2012,” between followups to The Avengers and Skyfall opening alongside other big-time franchise offerings (ex. Star Wars: Episode VII).

The absence of an etched-in-stone date for James Bond 24 could also prove to be additional incentive for an outside-the-box director to sign on, after seeing how Logan and Mendes were able to bring a more artistic sensibility to the proceedings (once Skyfall was postponed due to MGM’s financial woes). Of course, some filmmakers have already removed themselves from the running, including Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (who returns with Trance next month).

One person rumored to be a candidate is Guy Ritchie, whose name has entered the conversation thanks to gambling giant William Hill announcing him as a favorite to take the Bond directing job. What’s interesting, though, is that he’s currently set to adapt the Cold War-era spy TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. to the big screen, with Tom Cruise being approached to star. However, according to THR‘s sources, if Cruise does not sign on for U.N.C.L.E., then Ritchie “would be forced to move on” – meaning, he could soon be free to throw his hat into the Bond directing ring.

Ritchie’s bid would be bolstered by two lucrative Sherlock Holmes installments – as well as a year of developing Man from U.N.C.L.E. as a contemporary blockbuster – under his belt, in addition to action cult titles likes Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and RocknRolla. Bear in mind, all this is contingent on Cruise not committing to Man from U.N.C.L.E. (assuming insiders are correct), as well as the Bond franchise producers even considering Ritchie for the job in the first place (so don’t get out either the pitch forks or champagne bottles just yet).

Still… it could be interesting to see just what Ritchie’s version of the Bond universe is like, after his re-invention of Sherlock Holmes – and, following on the heels of a 007 installment which took a more by-the-numbers and traditional approach, when it came to staging action and set pieces (for more on that controversial point, have a listen to the SR Underground Podcast crew’s debate).


More on James Bond 24 as the story develops.


Source: The Guardian, THR

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  1. Great news!

    I have a feeling Mendes MIGHT be back for Craig’s last outing

    • This won’t be Craig’s “last outing” unless they wait until 2016 (Face it, the release date will be pushed to Christmas 2015, if then.); Craig will have out-lived the role by then and most certainly be ready to move on. More than that, the world will have changed. Bond fans are forever; with Bond films, everythingg changes. (re: Bond reborn as Bourne)

  2. What are the chances of Brett Ratner being hired to direct this?

    • I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for an impassioned outburst, I can tell you I don’t have time for that. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long commenting career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you recant your comment now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.

      • How about Joel Schumacher then?

    • M. Night Shyamalan?

  3. Is it just me or wouldn’t it be totally badass if Pierce Brosnan could be a Bond villain?

    • …but he was Bond.

    • That would be an awsome movie, Bond vs Bond.

      • No.

      • How about Sean Connery as M?

    • It could be cool if they don’t make Brosnan something like “the previous spiteful 007″, it could only work if he were just playing a whole new villain.

  4. How about Terrence Malick? We could finally get the James Bond we’ve always wanted. One without dialogue, a sob-story about difficult childhoods, and velociraptors. It’d be brilliant.

    Potential Titles:
    Raptors are Forever
    The Man with the Golden Raptor
    Dr. Raptor

    Really all I want right now is James Bond with dinosaurs. Is that too much to ask?

    • Yeah that would be cool, I would totally see that movie.

    • A raptor in a tuxedo, sipping martinis to wash down his villains? LET’S GET ONTO IT ASAP.

      • Or, maybe, just an invisible car.

  5. Christopher Nolan

  6. omg , and Guy Ritchie would be a terrible Bond director ! blahhh

  7. David Fincher

  8. Just get Tarantino.

    If anyone could better Skyfall it would be him.

    But get him quick as he would need input with story development.

    • Absolutely not, i love the guy but no

    • His style won’t work well in a Bond film imo.
      I think Tarantino is one of the best directors alive today, but I wouldn’t want him doing a Bond flick. It just won’t work.

      Regardless of that though, It won’t happen anyways… he only does movies he writes himself.

  9. Maybe Nathan Fillion could direct this one.

    • At the risk of getting absolutely slaughtered… one of the few non-Brits I wouldn’t mind playing Bond.

  10. What about Philip Noyce? He’s been directing the action film genre for a very long time. But he’s not English, he’s Australian. I guess that might be a strike against him.

    One of the more obvious choices would be Matthew Vaughn. It was his film Layer Cake, that brought Daniel Craig to the attention of Barbara Broccoli in the first place.

    I can see Mendes coming back in the future because it sounds as if he loved directing Skyfall and seems to have a lot more ideas. Nolan? Maybe when he’s done with Interstellar.

    Guy Ritchie seems to have the proper credentials to direct a Bond flick.

    Craig is signed up for at least 2 more Bonds. He’s 44 and only getting older. It will be interesting to see how he handles the role of Bond as he matures.

  11. Guys, as much as I love directors like Nolan and Tarantino, those are terrible choices for a Bond movie IMO. It’s just not their type of movie. I’m not sure who I’d necessarily pick, but I get sick of hearing Nolan’s name thrown around for every movie when there’s tons of other capable directors out there.

    Anyway, director aside that seems so far off for a new Bond movie. I wish it was the way it was back when the series first started where a new Bond came out every year or two. I’m actually doing a Bond marathon lately, watching every Bond movie in order they came out. Just finished The Spy Who Loved Me today (classic!), by the time I finish Skyfall I’m gonna really want a new Bond, and the wait is gonna kill me. I hope Daniel Craig is still up for doing his last two or three with all the waiting in between.

    • Why is Nolan a terrible choice?
      IMO his directorial style is perfect for a Bond film. Mendes (director of Skyfall) even said himself that he took inspiration from Nolan’s Batman movies, and Skyfall turned out great.

      As for saying “it’s not their type of movie” – Nolan actually WANTS to do a Bond movie, and he’s always been a Bond fan I believe. Plus, if you look at movies like Inception and The Dark Knight, it’s pretty clear that the 007 franchise has been an influence in his work too.

      I don’t know man, Nolan actually seems like a perfect choice to me (and that’s not coming from a Nolanite)

      • I prefer Nolan after Daniel Craig is done being James Bond. Nolan has a way of doing things a LOT differently than previous entries to the point where I’m afraid he would throw in more psychological twists into Craig’s version.

        Let me put it this way: James Bond has a dark, but simple personality, origin, and lifestyle. They’ve pretty much done all they can with explaining that in Craig’s run so far, it’s time we go forward into doing his job rather than constantly hanging onto unraveling more secrets about who he is and what he does.

        Nolan is a must for the Bond franchise, I do agree with that. Just not Daniel Craig’s era

        • Agreed wait till craig is done for nolan. He can use fassbender or elba

      • The more I think about it, maybe I can agree. I think I mostly posted my comment out of becoming more and more agitated at hearing Nolan’s name thrown around for EVERY article asking who should direct a movie.

        I’ll admit, I haven’t seen Skyfall yet (getting there), so I don’t know how well that kind of style works for Bond. I still have to disagree with the point of TDK and Inception drawing inspiration from Bond…although maybe I’m just not looking at it the right way. *shrug*

        Either way though, one thing that’s great about the Bond series is that every entry is usually different in some way, so I guess to say a certain director’s “style” wouldn’t work for James Bond would be kind of contradictory considering there’s so many different styles of Bond movies. And I’m one who’s all for seeing a series evolve and be shown in different ways, so why not. I’m still not saying Nolan would be my ideal choice for a Bond movie, but the more I think about it it certainly could work.

  12. how about Peter Jackson (The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings)

  13. There is no such thing as the “best director for a Bond film” due to the simple and obvious fact that…anyone chosen to helm the movie will conform to the template hammered out by the producers. Bond flicks are not a director’s medium; they belong to Broccoli and Wilson. Mendes work is distinguished only by the actors’ performances; orbiting their work was by-the-book narrative movement fueled by the action getting from point A to B and nothing more than what is seen in CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE. This is why Marc Forrester had been chosen for SOLACE and Lee Tamahori for DIE ANOTHER DAY. These guys are competent and “outsiders”, but they worked well within the Bond matrix because of the heavy collaboration of staff/2nd Unit crews along with their utter willingness to deliver the film the producers demanded. Mendes was shown more deference, perhaps, but even he admitted to the restrains of (particularly post-production) collaboration.

    • Yes, there’s a lot of restrictions, but lots of franchise-based films have that sort of thing. The best directors are the ones that can make the best films despite the limitations.

  14. Matthew Vaughn or Eran Creevy

    • Mendes back for the final DC outing

  15. Asking Bond fans to wait until (late) 2016 is inclusively an approximate four years. And, of course, they’ll wait…if necessary, until hell freezes over. That’s not the problem; the problem is what kind of script will John Logan (an excellent writer) deliver, say, by late this year then will have to revise (or somebody will revise it) over the course of the next year or so due to (unknowable) “market demand” as a director is settled upon to start pre-production/principal photography.

    A Bond film is not rushed; it’s well-scripted and meticulously produced then post-produced before marketed. Should the producers begin pre-production toward the end of 2013, principal photog from early 2014, post mid-year and bring to market by Christmas 2014 (beating THE AVENGERS, STAR WARS, et al. to market), the producers’ investors will be happy along with movie fans.

    Should they wait, Daniel Craig will be nearing 50 years old, the market shift being unpredictable (re: from DIE ANOTHER DAY via BOURNE IDENTITY to CASINO ROYALE), and fans will be distracted by the competition; the last may cause the film to be pushed back even further.

    As a fan, I can only hope they are able to lock in a director (pretty much any director the producers can control) and get this show on the road.

  16. I really hope they can still get it out by that 2014 release date. I wonder what the snag in preproduction was.

    2016 is a long time to wait. I think the producers want to strike when the iron is hot. I’m not saying rush it, but they’ve been planning a 2014 release date since last year before Skyfall came out. Weird that now it would change to “within the next 3 years.”

    Although, 2014 is within the next 3 years…

  17. I would be more than happy to see Ritchie direct a Bond picture.

  18. Need a director for Bond 24? Why not zoidberg?

  19. I think Ritchie is brilliant I love his Sherlock Holmes movies and I think he would be an interesting choice of director for the next bond I am bummed that the movie isn’t coming in 2014 because now I must wait longer :( but it’s still coming and that matters plenty. My only objection to Ritchie directing this next bond movie is that u want him to do Sherlock Holmes 3 really bad because as I said before I love those movies so I want him to do Sherlock first then bondif that’s possible.

  20. I’m guessing they are bringing back Quantum as the villains?

  21. I enjoy Guy Ritchie’s films, but I hope he doesn’t direct the next Bond. His style seems all wrong, although Bond producers have a way of not letting their directors put too much of a personal stamp on any installment. Sam Mendes did a great job with Skyfall, it will be hard to live up to that film with Bond 24. It’s an obvious choice, but I’d love to see what Christopher Nolan would do with the job.

    • Here’s the sum and substance of putting the next Bond film into theaters by Christmas, 2014:

      9 months (April-December 2013) John Logan completes the screenplay while the producers bring a director on board during script development and continue pre-production. This timeframe is not unreasonable if the producers get busy now.

      4 months (January-April) for principal photography

      6 months for post-production (May-October) but with much of the film editing done simultaneously as the movie is being shot; thus, less time during the period spent on assembly and more of it given over to opticals, sound, etc. (Knowing the story they intend to tell, the music score, opening titles and other add-ons started during principal photography.)

      6 weeks for the “hard-sell” phase of the marketing campaigne, although this will have gone on all-year-long (easy enough to sell 007 competing with low-brow movies and “high-minded” films during the Oscar season).

      Christmas, 2014 the next Bond film opens

      …and will be on DVD before THE AVENGERS, STAR WARS, etc. arrive in theaters.

      I think EON Productions could sell this to their investors, the studio and theater owners. Waiting could be merciless.

  22. I’m interested to see what Tom Hooper would bring as a Bond director.

  23. how about possibly Kiefer Sutherland for the next bond after Daniel Craig is done? just a thought