In a recent interview with Empire, Mendes confirmed that he received a “generous offer” from the producers but had to turn it down due to his commitments to theater productions of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “King Lear.”
With MGM and Amazon Studios preparing to present a new version of Ian Fleming’s iconic character, they will need to find a new director for the project.
However, with the current uncertainties in Hollywood due to the writers’ and actors’ strikes, it may be a while before details about the next James Bond adventure emerge. It is possible that Mendes could become available to direct the film once he fulfills his theater commitments.
While no actor has been confirmed for the role of James Bond yet, there is speculation that the franchise could potentially make a transition to the small screen. Other action heroes like Jack Ryan have found success on streaming platforms like Amazon Prime Video, and considering the state of television projects, it would be a strategic move for MGM and Amazon Studios to bring a legendary character like Bond to the streaming world.
However, it should be noted that the producers have previously expressed their lack of interest in turning the 007 story into a series. Nevertheless, opinions can change in the future, and there is a possibility of a spinoff featuring another character or focusing on the agency itself, similar to what Lionsgate is doing with the “John Wick” franchise.
James Bond is a character with an incredible cinematic legacy, maintaining his popularity over the years and through actor transitions. With a loyal fan base and a well-established brand, the success of James Bond on the big screen is almost guaranteed, regardless of who portrays him, who directs the films, or whether they make the leap to television.