UPDATE: Deadline is reporting that Sam Mendes is likely to return, so there's that.
For our money, if you're a warm-blooded movie lover, things don't get much cooler than "Drive," the 2011 Ryan Gosling movie from director Nicolas Winding Refn. The duo premiered a new movie, "Only God Forgives," at the Cannes Film Festival last week that is set for release in July, but an interview the Danish director game has people already speculating about what's next for the director.
While speaking with First Showing, Refn fielded a question about "Bond 24" and whether he's in the mix to direct it. He said nothing other than that he "loves Bond," but leaves it at that. (He smirks, which was enough to get nerdy imaginations filling in the blanks.)
Shortly after article went up, sources including Variety, posted updates on where the search for a new Bond director stood, complete with a shortlist of directors EON is considering.
The trade confirmed that Refn is indeed in being consider, but he's one of several that the production company has their eye on. Also on the list are Ang Lee, Tom Hooper (who would be terrible), David Yates, and Shane Black.
Aside from the list of potential directors, Variety also mentions that Daniel Craig is currently renegotiating he contract, since "Skyfall" was so enormous, and that producers were expecting another installment in 2016, much later that their original goal of 2014.
"Bond 24" would certainly be a change of pace for Refn. He, unlike the other directors on the shortlist, hasn't dealt with the enormous scale of a major release yet, so that's something that makes him more of an interesting choice. But Refn's increasingly esoteric Gosling movies don't exactly line up with the style of 007. His style, on the other hand, paired with a John Logan script, might be enough for a major crossover.
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