Mendes isn’t on board… yet

Nikki Fenke of Deadline.com reports that Sam Mendes isn’t on board to direct Bond 23, yet. Instead, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are in final negotiations with Mendes for him to initially join the film crew as a consultant.

According to the trusted news site:

Daniel Craig is ‘insisting’ on Mendes’ hiring because the actor was stung by criticism of the last Bond film [Quantum of Solace]… Once EON hires a director on their Bond films, it triggers a first payment from MGM. Well, given that MGM is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, and EON may have the right to take Bond elsewhere, it stands to reason that the producers wouldn’t want to do anything right away that further complicates ownership of Bond #23. ‘The producers are working on a deal to bring Sam on as consultant with an eye to direct,’ said one of the insiders. ‘Once they put him on as the director, something happens to the contract in terms of ownership. But let me emphasize there’s not any deal done.’ Said one insider about the choice of Mendes: ‘Barbara thinks he’s smart, which he is. But you don’t need such a fancy director. You need someone who can do an action movie.

MGM has not confirmed any of these reports and has denied reports that pre-production on Bond 23 is on hold.

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