Not only was Skyfall a hit with fans and critics alike, but it also grossed over $1 billion worldwide making it the seventh most successful movie of all time.
And, with that kind of success producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael J Wilson immediately tried to secure Mendes for the sequel. However, the Oscar winner has now confirmed to Empire that he will not be directing the yet untitled 24th official Bond film.
He said: “It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie.
“But I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond.”
This is incredibly sad news for fans of cinema’s longest running franchise. Although, the American Beauty filmmaker did not rule out directing another Bond in the future.
While this is a blow to the series, Bond is of course bigger than any one person or component, and has survived bigger storms than this. Indeed, the franchise was already enjoying an upward curb thanks to a radical change in tone and the casting of the excellent Daniel Craig in the title role.
Encouragingly, Craig has signed on for two more instalments, with Skyfall writer John Logan already completing a script for the next film.
Bond 24 is scheduled for a fall 2014 release.
Source: Empire Magazine