Mendes. Sam Mendes…

British director Sam Mendes will take on the 23rd James Bond film, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The site reports that Mendes – the director of “American Beauty”, “Revolutionary Road”, and “Jarhead” –  is currently in negotiations with Eon Productions’ Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson to direct Daniel Craig’s third 007 outing.

The site also goes ahead and states, “Production is being fast-tracked and could begin as early as June with an eye toward a 2011 release. Plans for the film are moving forward despite a possible sale of MGM. Sony co-produced and distributed the most recent installment of the 007 series with MGM.”

No official statement has been made by EON Productions, however, so Bond fans will have to wait for verification.

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