Sam Mendes to direct new 'James Bond' movie?

Los Angeles, May 29 (IANS) Filmmaker Sam Mendes is likely to return to helm the follow-up to the 2012 James Bond film "Skyfall".

Contactmusic.com reports that Mendes and the producers touched base recently and agreed that the director could work through his theatre commitments before starting production on the new Bond film next year.

The director had earlier decided to bow out of the popular franchise owing to his work on the West End launch of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and his directing of "King Lear".

Producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli had begun the hunt for his successor, and "Sherlock" director Guy Ritchie was a likely name on the list to direct 'James Bond' Daniel Craig.

Idris Elba was also among the prospective names, but most likely Mendes will be on board for the new film.