Mendes, Sam Mendes for ‘Bond 23’

Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road) is finalizing negotiations with MGM to direct the 23rd installment of the immortal James Bond franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Daniel Craig is set to step into the role of the secret agent for the third time following the success of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, and the next film is looking forward to a possible 2011 release.

Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Frost/Nixon and The Queen scribe Peter Morgan are writing the screenplay. The film is Mendes’s first foray into action territory.

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