Nicolas Winding Refn, Ang Lee, Shane Black, Tom Hooper, and David Yates have emerged as candidates to direct Bond 24. However, Skyfall director Sam Mendes, who turned down an offer to direct the sequel in March, is reportedly resuming talks to direct this follow-up to Skyfall.
While reports claim that no decision has been made yet on who is directing this highly-anticipated action sequel, sources indicate that Sam Mendes has re-entered negotiations. He turned down the offer from Eon Productions producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson because of his obligations to direct a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stage musical on London's West End, which will then move to Broadway. Now, it is believed that the producers are willing to wait for Sam Mendes to complete his commitments to the stage play before moving forward on Bond 24.