While talking to Zap2It, Ratner revealed that Pierce Brosnan had called him regarding the BOND 20 directing gig. Ratner explained, saying, "(Brosnan) called me and said I want you to direct the movie. He said he was a huge fan. Unfortunately, he has nothing to do with it."
He adds, "The studio (MGM) wants me, and Pierce Brosnan wants me, but the Broccoli's don't want me. But I begged them. I call them everyday and send them cookies."
Ratner then rants about why the Broccoli's might not want him for the job, saying, "It's 'cause I'm American really. I'd be the only American director ever to direct a BOND. Also, I'm not 50 years old, and I have a mind of my own, and I'm a strong personality.
"I'm sure it could use some new lifeblood. I'm trying to infuse some excitement into them."
When asked what he might do if he got the gig, Ratner says, "His suit is a little tight, so I'd loosen it a little. I'd get rid of the BMW. I'd get an Aston Martin."
According to the Hollywood Reporter, current frontrunners for the helming job on the pic include Stuart Baird (U.S. MARSHALS) and Stephen Hopkins (LOST IN SPACE).