'Bond 24' Production Delayed Due to Script Work from Purvis & Wade
Something's amiss in England. There's a report going around that the next Bond movie, currently untitled but known as Bond 24, is having a bit of early pre-production trouble that may end up delaying the film. The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye, who is reliable with this kind of info, says there's a "polite turmoil" behind-the-scenes at Eon Productions, and subsequently the script is getting reworked before they move forward on production. They're bringing back co-writers Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, who have a long history with the Bond franchise, to rewrite the original script by John Logan, of Skyfall and Oscar nominated for Hugo.
We've been covering updates on Bond 24 for the last few years, waiting for it to get into production to follow up the sensational Skyfall. At the moment, Sam Mendes will return to direct, as well as Daniel Craig as Agent 007 and Ralph Fiennes as the new M. They're in the midst of casting a new Bond villain and Bond girls, but the script needs revision first. The Daily Mail quotes an exec at Eon about the minor disruption: "Let's call it polite turmoil. People are getting on with their work, but we have to wait for the script, so filming won't begin till December, a few months later than they wanted." The latest script was written solely by John Logan, who used to help "punch up" the scripts for other Bond films in the past written by Purvis & Wade. Now the opposite happens, and Purvis & Wade are coming in to "punch up" Logan's draft.
As of now, Skyfall is still slated for release in November 2015, and I doubt they'll want to change that date (pushing it back to 2016 would mean they have to hold it until the summer). Production was already delayed once before to wait for Sam Mendes to return to the director's chair, since he had another theater project this year. Purvis & Wade are credited on the scripts for The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. I'm glad they're sticking with the same guys who know the character very well, I just hope it lives up to the excellence of Skyfall. We'll keep an eye out for more updates on Bond 24.