According to a report from Variety, screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have just completed and turned in their draft of the Bond 22 script.
This news comes as the two James Bond screenwriters (The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale) prepare for their next project: Barbarella.
The two will be penning the script for a reinvention of the fantasy adventure. Producers Dino and Martha De Laurentiis, best known for Hannibal, Red Dragon, and the recent Hannibal Rising, hired Purvis and Wade ‘because of the way they used Ian Fleming’s early Bond novel Casino Royale as the basis for their script but updated it into a Daniel Craig vehicle that reinvigorated the franchise.’
Presumably, this is one of the early drafts for Bond 22 (and possibly the first) since the script was previously described as being unfinished as of 23 March, according to Jeff Blake, Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Chairman of Marketing and Distribution for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group.
In addition, Paul Haggis, who joined the Casino Royale production in mid-2005 to do a revision on the Purvis and Wade script, has recently been rumoured to return for Craig’s second 007 film. He said ‘with a peculiar smile that he was not involved with the film… yet,’ according to Cinematical.
Bond 22 is set for release on 7 November 2008.
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