June 12, 2009

The next Bond flick gets some writers...

...and Paul Haggis is not one of them, interestingly enough. Variety has the story:
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions and MGM are moving forward on the next 007 installment, hiring "Frost/Nixon" scribe Peter Morgan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to write the script for the 23rd James Bond film.
Purvis and Wade most recently worked on "Quantum of Solace" and "Casino Royale."
Daniel Craig is already set to reprise his role as 007, and Wilson and Broccoli are producing. No start date has yet been set, but sources said EON and MGM are eyeing a 2011 release.
"Peter, Neal and Robert are extraordinarily talented and we're looking forward to working with the three of them," Wilson and Broccoli said in a statement.
Both "Quantum of Solace" and "Casino Royale" were co-productions between MGM and Sony, with the latter distributing. The new film will be the first to return as a full MGM release. The first 20 pictures in the franchise were distributed by MGM.
Morgan, who wrote both the play and film "Frost/Nixon" and "The Last King of Scotland" and "The Queen," has most recently been working on "The Special Relationship" for HBO, and "Hereafter" for DreamWorks. He'll begin writing on the Bond film after completing those projects.
Aside from the Bond films, Purvis and Wade have been working on "The Brazilian Job," the sequel to "The Italian Job," on which they were also writers.
-Morgan will likely be there to make the story work, with the other two being Bond vets to make the action work...thoughts?


  1. not sure if this is good news or not

  2. I like Morgan, so this works enough for me

  3. I don't think it hurts the franchise any, but we'll see

  4. I think Morgan will be a good choice. Only time will tell, of course.

    Maybe now Paul Haggis can go back and start writing stuff for Clint Eastwood again, which after Quantum of Solace and Gran Torino, is a win-win in my opinion.