In a previously undiscovered interview, Bond 22 writer Paul Haggis revealed to Esquire that his original storyline for the film was “tossed out” during development.
In the interview, dated 11 September, the Oscar-winner told the magazine that the script for Bond 22 has been “tougher than Casino Royale, which wasn’t a small amount of work, but there was an existing book.”
Haggis continued, “I thought I had come up with a terrific plot, and we’d worked it all the way through, and yesterday we tossed it out.”
The extent of Paul Haggis’ rewrite of Neal Purvis and Robert Wade’s Bond 22 script has been a topic of discussion among James Bond fans; the general consensus appears to be that his contribution toward the film has been considerably larger than that of Casino Royale.
In his most recent public appearance on 19 September, the screenwriter revealed he was “on page 45” of the latest 007 script and was headed to Italy to continue writing.
Meanwhile, ComingSoon.net has landed a list of projects that studios are hoping to get off the ground before the possible Writers Guild, Directors Guild and Screen Actors Guild strikes hit Hollywood. The list pegs Bond 22 as having a production start date of 8 January 2008, just under a month later than previously indicated. However, it is understood the film was originally due to begin filming in January, before being bumped forward to a December start date.
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