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The James Bond movie franchise celebrated its 50th anniversary in record-breaking style last year with Skyfall, but plans for the continuation of the series were dealt a blow earlier this month when it was revealed that Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes had opted against a return for the next instalment. Sony and MGM were originally targeting a late 2014 release date for Bond 24, but with the search now on for Mendes' replacement, it seems we might have to wait a little longer for 007's return to the big screen.

"We are very excited about the franchise, we look forward to announcing a director soon," said MGM Chairman and CEO Gary Barber during a conference call with investors yesterday (via Reuters). "We are currently developing the screenplay and working with our partners. We look forward to developing the script soon and signing a director. We are hoping within the next 3 years it will be released. »

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