In traditional James Bond fashion, "Skyfall," the film that marks the 50th anniversary of the super spy, promised that 007 would return. And now, we know exactly when and who will be directing.
"Bond 24," as it will be known until an official title is announced, will open in U.S. theaters on November 6, 2015 with Daniel Craig back as 007 and Academy Award winner and "Skyfall" director Sam Mendes returning to helm. John Logan, the co-writer of the last movie, is writing the script.
"I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24," Mendes said in a statement. "I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time."
If release dates remain the same, "Bond 24" will face stiff competition at the box office, since Marvel's "Ant-Man" is currently slotted for the same November 6 release date.
Thursday's announcement most likely came as a relief to many of the fans who were hoping to see a "Skyfall" reunion. Producers originally planned on releasing the flick in 2014, but later pushed it back a year after Mendes said "theatre and other commitments" prevented him from getting to work right away.
"Skyfall" celebrated Bond's 50th anniversary last year in a very big way, taking in $1.1 billion at the global box office, marking the highest take for the series to date. Craig's current contract with EON Productions has him locked into the role through "Bond 25," which Logan will also write.