Get ready to throw another name into the ring in terms of who will be directing ‘Bond 25’. The Tracking Board is reporting that Sam Mendes, best known for his work on the Daniel Craig ‘Bond’, has left Disney’s live-action ‘Pinocchio’. It was originally reported that he was in talks to direct the film as far back as May of this year. 

Mendes began his journey in Hollywood with ‘American Beauty’, a film that won him an Academy Award for Best Director. He went on to direct both ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Spectre’, the two most recent installments in the ‘James Bond’ franchise. It was then reported that Mendes would not be returning to direct ‘Bond 25’ and he would be signing onto ‘Pinocchio’.

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In July, the reported shortlist of directors being eyed for the next ‘Bond’ film was revealed, the list consisted of Yann Demange, Denis Villeneuve, and David Mackenzie. The most notable of the three being Villeneuve, a report even went as far as to say that Daniel Craig met with the director to gauge his interest in directing the film. Although, Villeneuve is currently developing a ‘Dune’ reboot which may be the thing that keeps him away from 007.

Mendes being available may throw a wrench in the case of the remaining two directors. Having a filmmaker who has worked in the ‘Bond’ universe previously may be attractive to a studio, especially in the case of the 25th film in a franchise. The Tracking Board did mention however that Mendes’ exit from ‘Pinocchio’ did not have any correlation to the ‘Bond 25’ director search. –Jackson Hayes

Source: The Tracking Board

Bond 25 hits theaters November 8, 2019

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