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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:51 am 
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Skyfall Follow-Up Gets a Writer and Release Window

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October 26, 2012

Skyfall is now open in many international markets and doesn't open in the US for another two weeks, but that isn't stopping the producers from getting the ball rolling on Bond 24.

The Daily Mail reports that the plan is for the untitled movie to start shooting next fall at Pinewood Studios with a target release date of fall 2014. They also note that writer John Logan has been hired to write the 24th film in the series. Logan was brought onto Skyfall to rework the script written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as 007 in the film, making it his fourth feature appearance as the character.

UPDATE: Deadline is now reporting that Logan is contracted to write the next two films in the franchise. A tentative release date for the 25th entry has not yet been announced.


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Purvis and Wade Confirm Their 007 Departure

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November 19, 2012

With the 23rd James Bond film Skyfall setting all sorts of box office records for the franchise, MGM, Sony and EON Productions are already in the planning stages for the next installment with Skyfall co-writer John Logan taking on the scripting duties. While giving a master class at the fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar, five-time Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade confirmed that they won't be involved with the next movie, having been involved with the writing of all three Daniel Craig films and the two Pierce Brosnan movies before that.

They said they were going to leave after Quantum of Solace but were happy to be able to leave on a high with Skyfall and Wade added:

"I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time.”

What's interesting about the above is that when asked about directing another Bond movie, Mendes has said that he used up all his ideas with Skyfall, so if he is indeed involved with plot ideas for the next movie, maybe he'll be convinced to continue on, which should make many James Bond fans happy.

Here is the full press release with quotes from Purvis and Wade on Bond and other things:

As Skyfall becomes the most successful Bond film in its 23 film history, British screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade took part in a master class at the fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) to lift the lid on writing for one of the iconic film franchises of all time.

“When we were originally asked to come in to meet the Bond people, we weren’t expecting to be walking straight into a meeting with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson” said Neal Purvis, describing the moment they first started collaborating with franchise’s producers. “Usually there are many other layers of people that stop you getting to the head honchos and we certainly were not expecting to be kept around for 15 years”

“When we met Eon Productions, only two of our screenplays had been made into films. It just seemed preposterous to us that they wouldn’t have other writers on the project” added Robert Wade. “But they’d read a few of our other scripts and liked our sense of character and action. If there’s action without a story or a character angle, then it’s just boring.”

Meeting at 22, the pair who has been writing together for 28 years wrote their first script during the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

“The British Film industry in 1984 was not in a great shape. We’d write pop video’s to make extra money,” said Purvis. ”The tragedy is we were getting paid in the 80’s what screenwriters are still being paid today”

Since then, they’ve written a total of 41 scripts, with ten being made into films. Wade said “We were told don’t expect anymore than one in ten of your screen plays to be made. She was right. We thought yes, that’s probably true, however that won’t apply to us.”

“Now were on our 41st script and have have ten films made. You wouldn’t write each day if you didn’t believer that your scripts were going to be made,” added Purvis.

Addressing the production delays this latest outing, the duo shed light on how important this additional time was “We benefited from the delays as we hadn’t gotten the story right. The film would not have been made without them,” explained Wade.

“The third act wasn’t right. We gave ourselves a few weeks to come up with a new concept, which ultimately became a metaphor for our journey working on these movies – our own Skyfall” added Purvis.

When pushed on if the partners were intending to write more Bond films Wade said “We’re very happy to have done five Bond movies, I think we’ve gotten it to a good place. I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time.”

Purvis added, “We were going to stop with Quantum of Solace, but it’s good to go out on a high with Skyfall.”

Asked about other projects outside of Bond, Wade divulged “We did get hired to write a script about Elton John stealing 11 of the best footballers in the world, to play against a team of robots on another planet. “That was our second paid job,” explained Purvis.

And what’s the only thing as a bond writer you can’t do? “Time Travel” says Purvis. “And killing him off” said Wade, before adding “although we have been tempted."


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Sam Mendes Returning for James Bond 24?

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February 15, 2013

It's long been rumored that Skyfall director Sam Mendes would return behind the camera for the 24th James Bond film. Now the Daily Mail is reporting that Mendes is "75 per cent of the way towards doing it." This is by no means a confirmation of his return for the film, so treat it strictly as a rumor.

Mendes was at first reluctant to return because screenwriter John Logan was planning a two-part story that would have been shot back-to-back. The site says that is no longer the case and that Bond 24 and 25 will now be stand-alone movies.

Mendes' involvement with the film was confirmed a few months ago when Skyfall co-writer Robert Wade mentioned that Mendes and Logan have already come up with a story for the next film. Check back for possible confirmation of his return in the coming weeks.

Skyfall is the highest-grossing James Bond film to date and the seventh highest-grossing film of all time. It is currently available for DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download.


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Christopher Nolan Approached for Bond 24?

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May 17, 2013

The Daily Mail is reporting that The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan has been approached to helm the next James Bond film. They say that talks are still in the early/informal stages with Nolan and his representatives but that Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have started courting him for the job.

Previous reports on "Bond 24" indicate that the screenplay is currently being worked on, with MGM eyeing a release for the project within the next three years. Should Nolan sign on, this timetable might need to be altered to accommodate his schedule (he is currently working on Interstellar, which is scheduled to hit theaters on November 7, 2014).Nolan's track record, however, shows he is capable of churning out big projects in less than two years, so a 2016 release date isn't out of the question. Chris is an outspoken fan of James Bond and has expressed interest in directing one of the films in the past, so don't be surprised if this ends up happening, but for now it's just a rumor.

Do you want to see Christopher Nolan direct a James Bond Film? Why or why not? Sound off below!


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Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, Shane Black and More on Short List for Bond 24

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May 28, 2013

Variety is reporting that Eon Productions and Sony Pictures have crafted a short list of directors for the next James Bond film that includes Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) (via FirstShowing.net), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Tom Hooper (The King's Speech), David Yates (Harry Potter films) and Shane Black (Iron Man 3). Though they have assembled a list of potential helmers, the studio says it could still be some time before a decision is made as details in Daniel Craig's contract are still being hammered out.

Two weeks ago came the rumor that The Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan was in discussions to helm the film, but there is no mention of him in this new report.

Previous reports on "Bond 24" indicate that the screenplay is currently being worked on by Skyfall screenwriter John Logan. MGM is reportedly eyeing a release for the project within the next three years.

Update: Now Deadline is reporting that Skyfall director Sam Mendes will be back in the director's chair for the film. He initially turned down the job to focus on other projects, but they now claim the studio is willing to wait on Mendes. Check back here for future confirmation on the film's director.


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 Post subject: Re: James Bond 24
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Sam Mendes Returning to Direct Bond 24, Coming in 2015

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July 11, 2013

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, EON Productions; Gary Barber, Chairman & CEO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Entertainment, Inc, and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that Daniel Craig will once again return as the legendary British secret agent in the 24th James Bond film and Sam Mendes will also return to direct the screenplay written by John Logan. The film is set for release in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in US theaters on November 6, 2015 (currently the same date as Ant-Man and Peanuts).

Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film, took in $1.1 billion worldwide and set a new mark as the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK; it was the best-selling Bond film on DVD/Blu-ray and was the most critically acclaimed film in the history of the longest-running film franchise.

Commenting on the announcement, Wilson and Broccoli said, "Following the extraordinary success of 'Skyfall,' we're really excited to be working once again with Daniel Craig, Sam Mendes and John Logan.”

"I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct 'Bond 24.' I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time,” said Mendes.

Barber added, “We are thrilled to reunite the extraordinary talents of director Sam Mendes with our star Daniel Craig for the next great Bond adventure.” He added, “As evidenced by the phenomenal success of our last collaboration with EON Productions and Sony, the incredible legacy of this 51-year-old franchise continues to amaze.”

Lynton and Pascal said, “It’s a privilege to work on the Bond films. EON, John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with an extraordinary follow up to 'Skyfall' and we, along with our partners at MGM, can’t wait to share this new chapter with audiences all over the world.”


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 Post subject: Re: James Bond 24
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Daniel Craig Talks Tone of Bond 24

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August 26, 2013

This summer brought the announcement that Daniel Craig would be coming back for another round as James Bond in the 24th film in the series, set to be released in November of 2015. Little is known about the film but, given the ending of 2012's Skyfall, fans have theorized that the series could go back to its roots with a tale similarly structured to some of the older entries in the franchise. Speaking with Vulture, Craig seemingly confirms fan suspicion about the film's story, but says not to expect the campier elements.

“Hopefully we’ll reclaim some of the old irony,” he says, “and make sure it doesn’t become pastiche. I can’t do shtick, I’m not very good at it. Unless it kind of suddenly makes sense. Does that make sense? I sometimes wish I hammed it up more, but I just can’t do it very well, so I don’t do it.”

Director Sam Mendes is set to return behind the camera for the film once again from a screenplay written by John Logan. The film is set for release in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in US theaters on November 6, 2015.

Do you want to see Bond 24 stick to a similar style as older Bond films? Sound off below!


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MGM Ends Battle with McClory Estate Over James Bond Characters

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November 15, 2013

The long-running battle between Kevin McClory and his estate with MGM and Danjaq, who own the rights to James Bond and related characters, is finally over after fifty years with MGM able to acquire the rights to the 007 franchise that had been held by McClory, who helped come up with the story for Thunderball with creator Ian Fleming. In the process of doing so, McClory has claimed that he created many of the iconic characters from the world of James Bond, presumably Blofeld and SPECTRE, who would appear in successive movies following that

The lawsuits started flying in 1961 when McClory sued Fleming and received partial copyright to Thunderball that allowed him to remake it with Sean Connery in 1983 under the title Never Say Never Again. Neither MGM nor EON Productions have ever included that movie in any of the many James Bond box sets, considering it to take place outside of canon. Sony tried buying the rights from McClory and were promptly sued by MGM and McClory and his estate continued to be a problem for MGM and Danjaq over the years.

What could this mean for the future of the James Bond franchise? Well, for one thing, Danjaq's production division EON Productions could now theoretically introduce a new Ernst Stavro Blofeld or reintroduce SPECTRE after having created the crime organization "Quantum" for the Daniel Craig reboot Casino Royale.

No details of the settlement or the amount paid have been released.


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Screenwriter John Logan Talks James Bond 24

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Jan 18, 2014

Little is known about the upcoming 24th James Bond film, but we do know that Daniel Craig will be back as the titular hero with Skyfall director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan. In a recent interview with IGN, Logan spoke about what the creative team is hoping to accomplish with the film and where they're drawing inspiration from.

"My goal is to write a great movie that's appropriate, to build on what we did on Skyfall, but make it its own unique animal. The themes, ideas and the characters from Skyfall can obviously continue on, because it is a franchise, and it is an ongoing story. So I think there's resonance from Skyfall in the new movie."

Speaking about his lifelong love for the franchise, Logan also says the new film will feature elements from all across Bond's history.

"I grew up on the Bond movies, The first one I saw was Diamonds Are Forever, when I was a kid. I just loved them to pieces. I love all the elements, from the books — mostly from the novels; going back to Ian Flemming is where I started with Skyfall — and there's certainly elements of the movies and the novels that we've brought into the new movie, as they did into Skyfall."

It was recently announced that MGM's long standing lawsuit with the Kevin McClory estate over several fixtures of the James Bond mythos, including arch-nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld and SPECTRE, has come to a close. When asked if the character and his organization might appear in the upcoming film, Logan replied:

"You know, I think our villain's appropriate to the story we're telling."

The film is set for release in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in US theaters on November 6, 2015.


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James Bond 24 to Start Filming in October

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Feb 28, 2014

James Bond 24 will start filming later this year, Ralph Fiennes said in an interview with MTV.

"It's meant to start shooting in October," the actor said, not able to offer much more than that. "I haven't read a script yet, so I can't tell you much. They'd probably swear me to secrecy anyway."

The 24th installment, starring Daniel Craig, is set for release in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in US theaters on November 6, 2015. Skyfall director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan are back. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are producing.

Skyfall took in $1.1 billion worldwide and set a new mark as the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK. It was also the best-selling Bond film on DVD/Blu-ray.


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Screenwriter John Logan Updates on James Bond 24

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Mar 06, 2014

We've heard from screenwriter John Logan previously on the upcoming 24th James Bond film, but in a recent interview with Empire, he got a little more in-depth on the process of writing the script noting that the first draft is almost completed.

"Right now the first draft is almost done. I'm terrifically excited about it! I've been working very closely with Sam (Mendes), and it's been joyous to pick up from our work on Skyfall and just continue on with the storytelling. The new movie continues the themes of Skyfall. Some of the characters and themes that we began to introduce in Skyfall will play out, I hope successfully, in the next movie."

When asked if we would be seeing the Quantum organization in the film, after being absent from Skyfall, Logan replied:

"There might be! Honestly, not being evasive, but the great thing about Bond is that I have fifty years of movies – 23 movies and all the Ian Fleming novels and short stories, all of which are fodder. And when I'm working on the new Bond I'm constantly going back to Fleming and the other movies – what are the bits and pieces, what are the resonances? One of the things we learned in Skyfall is that the audience really enjoyed those, they enjoyed when they saw the Aston Martin, they enjoyed when we had references to things they grew up with, either from Ian Fleming or from the other movies, and that's always been a part of my thinking about Bond."

Confirming what actor Ralph Fiennes ​said previously about production starting in October, Logan had a very simple comment on what to expect from the upcoming sequel, saying: "You ain't seen nothing yet!"

The 24th installment, starring Daniel Craig, is set for release in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in US theaters on November 6, 2015.

Skyfall took in $1.1 billion worldwide and set a new mark as the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK. It was also the best-selling Bond film on DVD/Blu-ray.


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Is Chiwetel Ejiofor the Next James Bond Villain?

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Apr 04, 2014

Oscar-nominated 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is Sony Pictures and MGM's top choice to play the villain in James Bond 24, according to Variety.

The trade says that the studios have not made an offer yet, but that the actor is the frontrunner for the job. They add that the producers are "also on the lookout for one Scandinavian and one British woman to play the new Bond girls."

Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are returning for the 24th installment, which will again be directed by Skyfall helmer Sam Mendes from a script by John Logan. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will produce.

Filming is expected to start this summer for a November 6, 2015 release.


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Production Delayed on Bond 24 Due to Script Rewrites

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Jun 27, 2014

The last we heard about the upcoming Bond 24, the script was in good shape and 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor was the reported top choice for the film's villain. Now, The Daily Mail brings word that some changes are in order. Writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who previously penned five films in the series, have been brought on to do a polish on John Logan's script for the film in an attempt to add more humor, specifically: "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."

The site also reports that due to these changes, production on the film is now scheduled to begin in December of this year, two months later than the previously-reported October.

Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are returning for the 24th installment, which will again be directed by Skyfall helmer Sam Mendes. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will produce.

Still without an official title, Bond 24 is scheduled to hit theaters November 6, 2015.


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