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MGM planning next Bond film within three years

With Skyfall finally beginning to make its retreat from UK cinemas, attention has turned to Bond’s next outing, with MGM announcing plans to release the next adventure within the next three years.

“We are currently developing the screenplay and working with our partners,” revealed MGM CEO Gary Barber. “We look forward to developing the script soon and signing a director. We are hoping within the next three years it will be released.”

Barber went on to say the studio will “look forward to announcing a director soon”, with a rather sizeable pair of shoes to be filled following Sam Mendes’ announcement that he will not be returning behind the camera.

While Mendes might have left, he may yet have some input in the film, having hatched an idea for a story with writer John Logan. Logan himself will be staying on to pen the script, so Mendes’ influence may yet be felt…

In the meantime, it's time to start speculating as to who might take his place in the director’s chair. As ever, share your suggestions with us in the comments below…