CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Earlier this year, film geeks played the game of guessing who would be the director of "Star Wars VII." Now, we get to play the game all over again. Sadly, earlier this week, Sam Mendes officially announced he will not be returning to direct the as-yet untitled 24th James Bond feature.
Who will be the next director? We don't know yet. Here are a few suggestions, though:
With "Gone Baby Gone," Affleck proved he could direct a very fine drama, and with "The Town," he added action sequences to his resume. "Argo" was a combination of both.
He also seems up for directing big franchises. He was recently involved in talks to direct a Justice League movie, and he was the runner up (behind J.J. Abrams) to direct "Star Wars VII."
And, admittedly, it'd be pretty cool to have a guy who's married to someone who went to my high school directing a Bond movie.
No stranger to the Bond universe, Campbell directed two of the series' best: 1995's "Goldeneye" and 2006's "Casino Royale." It may be a good career move for him, too; his last movie was the disastrous "Green Lantern."