Mendes has a new movie project and it’s not Bond 25

Sam Mendes

Sam Mendes

Apparently this time he meant it.

Sam Mendes, director of Skyfall and SPECTRE, told the BBC last year that he was “probably” done directing Bond films. Of course, after 2012’s Skyfall, he had said the thought of directing another 007 adventure made him “physically ill.” Mendes apparently took some Alka Seltzer and directed SPECTRE (plus got a big raise). So, naturally, there was some skepticism about his 2015 comments.

However, the Deadline: Hollywood website reported (and other outlets confirmed) Mendes has lined up another directing gig, a movie based on an upcoming book by author Gay Talese.

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Mendes and DreamWorks have captured screen rights to the Gay Talese article The Voyeur’s Motel that got the town all hot and bothered when the April 11th The New Yorker article hit. Mendes will direct and produce with Steven Spielberg a film based on the article and a book that Talese has written. The book, which bears the same title, will be published July 12th by Grove Press. Word is the deal was at or close to $1 million.

The story doesn’t specify when filming might start, much less when the film would arrive in theaters. But the news would seem to take Mendes out of the conversation for Bond 25.

The next 007 film has no release date because, for now, there’s no studio to release it because Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is still seeking a studio partner after Sony’s most recent contract expired.

On the other hand, if Bond 25 gets pushed back to 2019 or 2020, Mendes could be available to direct it.