British director Sam Mendes is in negotiations to direct the 23rd installment of the venerable James Bond franchise.
Production is being fast-tracked and could begin as early as June with an eye toward a 2011 release.
Daniel Craig will play 007 for a third time. Marc Forster directed the previous Bond film, 2008′s “Quantum of Solace,” which grossed $586 million worldwide.
The MGM film will be Mendes’ first action-heavy project, though his 2005 effort “Jarhead” was set amid U.S. war in Kuwait. Mendes’ last directorial effort, the road-trip dramedy “Away We Go,” grossed $10 million domestically last summer.