With 2012′s Skyfall a box-office and critical hit, the producers behind the James Bond films have announced that the next 007 adventure will hit screens within the next three years.
MGM Chairman and CEO Gary Barber revealed that the studio is at work on the screenplay for the 24th movie, and narrowing down potential directors.
“We are very excited about the franchise, we look forward to announcing a director soon,” Barber said in a conference call Wednesday.
One thing is for certain, Skyfall director Sam Mendes will not be helming the next film. He told Empire magazine earlier this month that he plans on focusing on theatre projects.
“It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie,” said Mendes.
He did leave open the possibility of returning to the franchise at a later date.
There is no news of who the villain might be, but Daniel Craig has signed on to play Bond at least two more times.
While Skyfall was a big hit with critics and took home a hefty $1.1-billion at the global box office, the gang at Cinema Sins took aim at the film in a recent video.
In just over 4 minutes, they find 62 reasons to hate the film, with faults ranging from the continual use of product placement, to an inexplicable chain on a train in the film’s opening sequence. They also poke holes in bad guy Silva’s (Javier Bardem) plan.
“After the Joker and Loki this is the third stupidest get-yourself-captured-and-then-escape-with-no-real-other-objective plan I’ve ever heard of in my life,” the narrator says.
Don’t watch the clip, if you haven’t seen the film – it contains spoilers.