At this point it seems like scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are basically in the DNA of the current incarnation of James Bond. After having previously taken part in the writing of the past five Bond flicks, Purvis and Wade are coming back to make it an even half dozen by rewriting the screenplay that John Logan turned in for the upcoming 24th installment of the franchise. Ironically, Logan did the same to them on Skyfall, so go figure. I liked the differences Logan brought to Bond, so I’m curious to see how this alternate combination turns out. Daniel Craig is still 007 and Sam Mendes returns to direct, so my excitement level is high, even if Roger Deakins won’t be lensing this time around. You can see more below, but stay tuned in the coming weeks/months as we might hear more about Bond 24…perhaps even a title? One can dream, I suppose. The film opens on November 6th, 2015, so there’s a bit of a wait still for concrete information to sink our teeth into…
Here’s the story from Variety:
Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have co-written the last five James Bond movies, are returning to work on the script for the 24th Bond film.
The British writing team has been hired to re-write John Logan’s script. The three scribes collaborated on “Skyfall” but Logan had been the only writer previously on Bond 24.
“Skyfall” director Sam Mendes came on board last July for the 24th film in the franchise along with Daniel Craig as the iconic British spy. MGM, Sony and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced at that point that they had locked in release dates for the yet-to-be titled film, setting the U.K. launch for Oct. 23, 2015, and U.S. for Nov. 6, 2015.
“Skyfall” is the top grosser in the franchise with $1.1 billion worldwide, the best DVD/Blu-Ray seller and the all-time best performer at the U.K. box office. It also won Oscars for Adele’s original song and sound editing.
News about Purvis and Wade coming on board was first reported by the Daily Mail, which also quoted an unnamed source as saying that production on Bond 24 would begin in December.
Purvis and Wade began writing the Bond movies with “The World Is Not Enough” in 1999, followed by “Die Another Day,” “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Skyfall.”
They are repped by UTA in the U.S. and by Casarotto Ramsay in the U.K.
–Thoughts? Discuss in the comments!