A few months ago, director Sam Mendes has ruled himself out of a possible return to the Bond film franchise, only for the statement to be negated months later after some studio reps confirmed his return. However, Sam Mendes has once again spoken out and clarified that he is still unwilling to commit due to his busy schedule, and that any talk of a potential return is still premature at this stage.
“In answer to the question you’re going to ask, I don’t know yet,” said Mendes in an interview with HeyUGuys. “I’m in discussion over the ‘B’ word and I won’t make any decision until Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is open. It’s taken a long time to get this open and this has been my focus.”
Considering the amount of work required by a large scale production like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it’s understandable if Mendes is unwilling to commit, as there’s an old saying about counting your chicks before the eggs are hatched. Fans shouldn’t be disappointed. In fact, his unwillingness to commit instead of outright bowing out of the project means that he’s considering it, and may sign on the dotted line once the situations line up favorably.