Fans poured one out, cried, hugged, and the internet said don't worry, here's plenty of options for filmmakers who could convincingly replace Mendes. Fans continued to grumble nonetheless. But a glimmer of hope appears for those who like to see the glass half full.
"We will get him back," Bond producer Barbara Broccoli said in an interview with Getty Entertainment (via ComingSoon). Though she admits, it may not happen for the follow-up to "Skyfall." "We haven’t given up hope... Maybe not for the next one… but we will get him back again.”
"We are working on him," fellow producer Michael G. Wilson said. "We hope that maybe he will have gotten inspired to come back.”
If that statement doesn't make it clear that they will eventually try and get Mendes back, perhaps Mendes himself will convince you, though he does keep to the motto: never say never again. “Bond movies: they need someone working on it now," Mendes himself said. "...I’m doing my theater projects and then I’ll work out... I’ve definitely left the door open though... I’ve never really repeated myself, done the same type of movie one after the other, so just give me a chance to think about what I actually want to say."