1. Paul Haggis to Rewrite 'Casino Royale'

    By Matt Weston on 2005-08-30

    The Hollywood Reporter today writes Oscar-nominated screenwriter Paul Haggis has been tapped to revise the script for the upcoming James Bond film, Casino Royale.

    Paul Haggis

    Paul Haggis

    Haggis, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the screenplay for Million Dollar Baby, has been reportedly recruited to rewrite the film’s script, which was penned by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (and based on Ian Fleming’s first 007 novel of the same name). Haggis’ credits also include the critically-acclaimed 2005 flick, Crash, which he wrote and directed.

    Haggis has no fewer than four films currently in development (not counting Casino Royale), including the Clint Eastwood-directed Flags of our Fathers.

    The writing duo of Purvis and Wade previously penned the scripts for The World Is Not Enough (which was rewritten by Bruce Feirstein), Die Another Day and the ill-fated Jinx spin-off film.

    With Casino Royale scheduled to lens in January 2006, only director Martin Campbell and cinematographer Phil Meheux signed on, and an unfilled tuxedo hanging in the offices of Eon Productions, the clock is ticking.

    Keep watching CBn for all the latest news on Casino Royale.

    UPDATE (31 Aug, 2005): today confirmed Paul Haggis will do a three-week script polish before Casino Royale‘s January 2006 shoot. Robert Wade has also spoken out about the script changes. Read the full story here.

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