My wife and I are currently watching one James Bond film per month in chronological order as a way to gear up for the sequel to Skyfall, which is supposed to hit theaters in the UK in October of 2015 and the US in November of 2015. But if a new report from The Daily Mail is to be believed, the still untitled Bond 24 may be in danger of missing that release date.
The report states that there is “polite turmoil” behind the scenes of the movie because writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been hired to rewrite John Logan’s original script. Here’s a bit of background in case you aren’t a Bond superfan: Purvis and Wade wrote The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, and Quantum of Solace, and they also tackled the first draft of Skyfall. But director Sam Mendes and Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli brought on John Logan to rewrite Skyfall, and it ended up being not only a beloved entry in the series, but also the most financially successful James Bond film of all time. Following the film’s release, Logan was hired to solely write Bond 24, with Sam Mendes returning to direct.
But now it appears that the tables have been turned, as the outlet reports that “Purvis and Wade have been asked to ‘punch up’ the script and sprinkle in more gags, emphasizing the witty repartee between Daniel Craig’s 007 and Naomie Harris’s Miss Moneypenny, and focusing on the interplay between Bond and Ralph Fiennes’s M.” As anyone who saw The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day can tell you, the “witty repartee” was part of the reason those films were utterly terrible and a low point in James Bond history (especially Die Another Day, which may be the worst of the entire franchise). Logan seemed to be the guy who was going to set this series straight, and my impression is that Purvis and Wade are being brought in to muck things up again (these are the guys who wrote Johnny English, after all). They did write Casino Royale, so I suppose there’s some hope that things won’t get too messed up, but the idea of them being brought in to add “more gags” sounds like a pretty awful idea. Hopefully Mendes and company know what they’re doing.
The Daily Mail’s source also said that because of the rewrites, the production team has to wait on the script and won’t be able to start shooting until December, which is a few months later than originally intended. Does this mean that the movie’s release will have to be pushed back? Not necessarily, but shooting in December and having a late October premiere date scheduled in the UK seems very ambitious for a Bond movie, so we’ll have to see how this all plays out.
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