James Bond producers are looking for an A-list director to take over from Sam Mendes, with Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee and Nicolas Winding Refn allegedly all in the running.
'The Dark Knight Rises' director, the 'Life of Pi' helmer and the 'Drive' filmmaker are all hot contenders to take control of Eon and Sony/MGM's next chapter in the action franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The A-list directors - who are all known for their strong cinematic vision - will have a lot to live up to after Sam Mendes' 'Skyfall' became the most successful Bond film of all time, taking $1.1 billion at the global box office.
Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are said to be keen to land a director as popular as Mendes, who has ruled himself out of returning to the franchise because of his theatre commitments.
He is staging productions of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' and 'King Lear' in London, and is tipped to take the helm at the National Theatre when Sir Nicholas Hytner steps down in March 2015.
John Logan is currently writing the script for Bond 24, which will reportedly need 12-18 months of pre-production, followed by six months of filming.