Back in October it was reported that Skyfall screenwriter John Logan had signed a deal to pen the scripts for a two-movie 007 arc for Bond 24 and Bond 25, which would then be shot back-to-back. However, with the billion dollar success of Daniel Craig’s latest outing, it seems that producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have changed their minds and are now looking at a standalone story for the super spy’s 24th screen adventure, with Skyfall director Sam Mendes said to be close to agreeing a return.
According to Baz Bamigboye of The Daily Mail, Academy Award-winner Mendes “hasn’t firmly made up his mind about directing another Bond, but I’m reliably told he’s ’75 per cent’ of the way towards doing it.” Apparently Mendes was reluctant to commit to the plans to shoot two movies back-to-back, but with those plans jettisoned, he’s now on board “in theory”, but wants to see a finished script from Logan first. The report goes on to state that Bond 24 could go into pre-production later this year, which would surely be a necessity if Eon are to have any chance of meeting a planned release in 2014.
Having pulled in $1.1 billion at the global box-office to date, Skyfall is currently the 007th highest-grossing movie of all-time, and sees Daniel Craig starring alongside the likes of Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Albert Finney, Ben Wishaw and Bérénice Marlohe.