'Bond 24' Production Delayed Due to Script Work from Purvis & Wade
by Alex Billington
June 27, 2014
Source: The Daily Mail
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.
Filming is set to start in December and it has a November 2014 release date. That is why there is no reason to believe Star Wars Episode 7 won't make it's December 2015 release date. They were a good month into filming Ep 7 when Ford had his injury, and even a full 6 month delay(which was only ever rumored, not confirmed) would have them resuming in December, with a full year left to finish the film. Granted, Episode 7 will require a LOT more visual effects and post-production work than a Bond film(Even if Abrams and co decided to keep CGI to a minimum, it is still a Star Wars movie)...but I'm just illustrating that people were over-reacting. Episode 7 was in a Batman v Superman situation, where they began filming so far ahead of the release date, that even a good-sized delay in shooting would give them plenty of time to finish the film. Beyond that, this is also proof that a delay in filming does not always mean a delay in the release date. ANYWAY...I think spending extra time on the script can only be a good thing. Skyfall was my favorite Bond yet and I'm excited to see where a new one could go, I actually wouldn't hate a female villain, if done properly.
Chris Groves on Jun 27, 2014
Last paragraph says: "As of now, Skyfall is still slated for release in November 2015..." I Think you meant to say "Bond 24" in place of "Skyfall". I wasn't that enamored with Skyfall. Don't want to give away any spoilers, but he spends two hours on a mission only to fail in the end. That's no fun. Bond should always win.
CoosCoos on Jun 27, 2014
i personally like change is a franchise that has run for 23 movies, and its not like he lost either.... he is still alive and the Bad Guy isn't.
Sky on Jun 27, 2014
Bond lost. The one person Bond was protecting through the entire movie was killed by a madman who would gladly die to kill his target. And to top it off, the bad guy destroyed Bond's ancestral home. Bond lost big time.
CoosCoos on Jul 1, 2014
Well, ill tell you one thing. Best Bond Movie since Casino Royal
Sky on Jul 1, 2014
skyfall was ok. but it wasnt as good as CR or QOS. although i was glad how it ended, it tied up a lot of loose ends and now Bond can start properly. lets see some missions and less "bond as a rookie" mucking around. bond is meant to be the best.
daveb123 on Jun 27, 2014
The only thing I didn't like in Skyfall was the foolish 'villain planned to be caught' twist partway through which happens way too often. I imagine the writers know that it's a bad idea, and an overused one, so why do it?
OfficialJab on Jun 28, 2014
Skyfall had a strong first act and then soon becomes a snorefest. There's pretty much no action in the middle act. It's the best looking Bond film ever but it fizzes out long before the climax. Take your time to get the script right because it was the main thing that let down Skyfall from becoming a classic. It's certainly no Casino Royale which has some issues but is freaking awesome. While the less said about Quantum of Solace, the better...
SV7 on Jun 28, 2014
Honestly, this franchise is locked. I am not worried at all.
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kimanderson on Jun 28, 2014
Isn't The Daily Mail a gossip rag?
Bl00dwerK on Jun 28, 2014
I know im in the minority here but i could not understand for the life of me why people liked this movie. Yes, it sure looked beautifully. But Sam M isnt a good action director in my book and the script was laughable at best. I loved the little homages (like the car) but everything felt silly and not serious. Fav part is when Bond pulls out that transmitter which looked like something out of Austin Power's toy line. And one thing still bothers me most, how hell did she MISS that shot?
Sascha Dikiciyan on Jun 29, 2014
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