The Spectre filmmaker launched the musical in London's West End in 2013, and had been slated to remain in charge for the show's New York transfer.

However, he has since been forced to step down from the role, but will remain onboard as a producer, through his Neal Street Productions firm, and help to find his replacement.

"I knew I couldn't marry the time commitment to make a Broadway production with the development of my next projects for Neal Street," Mendes writes in a statement.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is still expected to hit the New York stage during the 2016/2017 season, and reports suggest Hairspray musical director Jack O'Brien has emerged as a frontrunner to take over the directing job.

O'Brien is no stranger to the songwriting team behind Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which is based on the Roald Dahl story of the same name - he worked with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman on Hairspray and the theatre adaptation of Catch Me If You Can.