James Bond 24 Script Getting Completely Rewritten at Last Minute
For awhile now we've known that Skyfall director Sam Mendes was getting back behind the camera for James Bond 24, the next installment of the spy franchise starring Daniel Craig as 007. The script was again coming from John Logan, writer of Skyfall, but now a report from The Daily Mail's reliable Baz Bamigboye says frequent Bond franchise writers Neil Purvis and Robert Wade were brought in for a last minute rewrite. In fact, the source calls it a "rescue" of the original screenplay that has been completely overhauled, with a previous report from the same source saying Logan's script was "politely moved aside."
Maybe they're just using the same basic story now as the new script from Purvis and Wade has been said to add more thrills. The new effort has reportedly already been given the greenlight and Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are ready to march forward with production in late November or early December of this year. This is a strange twist of fate since Mendes actually brought in Logan to rewrite what Purvis and Wade had initially written for Skyfall. Why these three just don't write the screenplay together is beyond me, but whatever.
Now we're just waiting to see who ends up joining Daniel Craig in action this time around. Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris are all set to return as M, Q and Miss Moneypenny respectively, and there have been rumblings that Chiwetel Ejiofor might face-off against Bond as the bad guy this time. If production begins on schedule later this year, we should get a better word on casting over the next few months. But for now, we'll just eagerly await the release of James Bond 24 on November 6th, 2015, and hope that we'll have a real title for the film soon as well.