As of now, no choice has been made, though Firstshowing.net has reported that Nicolas Winding Refn talked about being considered during an interview at the Cannes Film Festival.
Though he is in the running, Refn is just one of the directors in whom Eon has shown interest. The shingle has also considered helmers including Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David Yates and Shane Black. “Headhunters” helmer Morten Tyldum also said in a recent interview that he has met with producers for the gig.
Sources tell Variety it could still be some time until a decision is made — not only because they are still meeting with helmers, but also because the details of Craig’s deal are still being worked out. Given how successful the franchise has been with Craig as the star, especially the last pic, the star’s deal is expected to be very lucrative and probably also involves director approval.
Recent reports have also said that Sam Mendes is back in the mix, though his reps still stay he has moved on from Bond. It is very possible that Mendes could return given that MGM and Sony are in no rush to get the project going right away, and Mendes has said he wanted to focus on other commitments.
As of now, John Logan, who wrote “Skyfall,” is on board to write the screenplay, with plans to get a film released by 2016.