Sam Mendes' U.K. Production Firm in Talks to Be Acquired by All3Media (Report)

ON THE SET: "Skyfall"

"The big challenge for me was action and working in a way that was specifically genre-based -- which actually turned out to be a pleasure after walking a tonal tightrope with a lot of movies," says Sam Mendes (left), with cinematographer Roger Deakins on the "Skyfall" set.

The company jointly owned by Discovery and Liberty Global is looking to buy the 'Spectre' director's Neal Street Productions, which is behind such films as 'Jarhead' and such TV shows as 'Penny Dreadful.'

U.K. production firm All3Media, which is jointly owned by Discovery Communications and Liberty Global, is in advanced talks to acquire Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes' U.K. production company Neal Street Productions, Broadcast magazine reported Thursday.

Spokespeople for the companies declined to comment.

The report didn't mention the likely price tag for the producer of such films as Jake Gyllenhaal Gulf War drama Jarhead and such TV shows as Call the Midwife and Penny Dreadful.

Neal Street last year put itself up for sale with a target price tag of around $60 million-plus (£40 million). The London-based company also does theater productions such as Shrek and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The privately held company started in 2003 with Mendes, Pippa Harris and Caro Newling as founders.

Independent U.K. production outfits, especially in the TV space, have been selling to British and U.S. companies over the past year. Among other deals, Discovery and Liberty Global acquired All3Media. ITV, Sky, Sony and others also have been among buyers.

Mendes has been busy with Spectre, the latest James Bond movie.