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Sam Mendes weighs his options in the wake of Bond 23

Hollywoodnews.com: Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes is readying two projects in the wake of the Bond 23 stoppage: a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical and an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel “On Chesil Beach.”

“Chesil Beach” sounds a lot like Mendes’ previous film with ex-wife Kate Winslet: “Revolutionary Road.” “Beach” follows a 1960s couple’s turbulent marriage in the face of consummation according to Empire Online. McEwan is writing the script and Carey Mulligan is in contention. The film looks to shoot for Focus Features before the end of the year.

Warner Bros. theatrical appears to be behind a “Charlie” musical. Many forget, but Mendes originally cut his teeth in London theater, co-directing a revival of “Cabaret” with “Chicago” helmer Rob Marshall. One of the key fixtures in Mendes’ “Cabaret” were the use of actual cocktail tables and chairs as orchestra seats for the audience.

Mendes is looking to launch the show around Christmas 2011 in London. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are writing songs and a there’s an open position for a set designer.

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