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#1 Orion

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:01 PM

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Trio of scribes announced for 007's next adventure


All in the title really

http://www.comingsoo...ws.php?id=56244

#2 danslittlefinger

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:03 PM

(printing it out as some people may have trouble opening links)

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions Ltd and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures have today announced that Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale) will be the screenwriters of the 23rd James Bond adventure.

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in the film, which will be a MGM release of an EON production. "Bond 23" is the latest installment in the longest-running franchise in motion picture history and will be produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. A date for the start of production is yet to be confirmed.

"Peter, Neal and Robert are extraordinarily talented and we're looking forward to working with the three of them," commented Wilson and Broccoli.

Peter Morgan is the award-winning writer of such films as The Last King of Scotland, The Queen and Frost/Nixon, which was based on his play. He has also scripted the upcoming "The Special Relationship" for HBO and Hereafter for DreamWorks. He will turn his attention to "Bond 23" on completion of these duties.

Since 1991, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have collaborated on a diverse range of projects including The Italian Job, Johnny English and the past four Bond films. They recently adapted John Le Carre's The Mission Song and are also working on the upcoming sequel The Brazilian Job.


Good news... B)
Things are coming together slowly. :tdown:

#3 zencat

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:05 PM

Wow. Okay. That's our first bit of solid B23 news. (I never believed the Haggis news anyway.)

#4 jaguar007

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:05 PM

I think this is the first "official" news we have heard about Bond 23.

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:05 PM

Peter Morgan is the award-winning writer of such films as The Last King of Scotland, The Queen and Frost/Nixon, which was based on his play. He has also scripted the upcoming "The Special Relationship" for HBO and Hereafter for DreamWorks. He will turn his attention to "Bond 23" on completion of these duties


Ooh - quality.

Splendid, splendid, splendid.

#6 Tybre

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:06 PM

Oh sweet. Frost/Nixon was a damn great film (my favorite of everything I saw last year) Can't wait to see what he brings to the table B)

#7 Pierce - Daniel

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:07 PM

Good new. Morgan isa good writter, nice to see him involved in Bond 23!
Awesome news!!!!

#8 SecretAgentFan

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:07 PM

Wow, that came as a surprise - especially after the recent rumors about Haggis.

Peter Morgan is a fantastic choice. And he is British! Seems like he will do the polish work like Haggis did after Purvis & Wade have done the structure. These two seem to be EON´s favorites.

Either Haggis was too busy with his upcoming feature to work on Bond 23 or his relationship with EON has soured with QOS ("Not my title"...).

If Haggis had to bow out because of his next film which is to be shot during the summer this could mean that work on Bond 23 is to begin sooner than I thought.

Good news!!!

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:10 PM

Hopefully when all is said and done, Peter Morgan gets the majority of the script himself, and Purvis and Wade only really write some of the action sequences. Those two are trash- why are they back?

Now, what if when the final film comes out the credits read "Story by Peter Morgan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, Screenplay by Peter Morgan (and Paul Haggis?)" then everything should be good.

Now, I like the addition of Peter Morgan, really enjoyed Frost/ Nixon (I thought it would be boring, but with that great script that Mr. Morgan wrote, it was actually just as exciting at times as an action film).

#10 Peckinpah1976

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:22 PM

This anti-Purvis/Wade attitude is rather unfair IMO, especially when one considers how much the pre-Daniel Craig films were written by committee and not just the credited writers. Also their script for Casino Royale (surely one of the most widely acclaimed Bond movies) was structurally sound and largely unchanged, with Haggis only really on polishing duties.

Personally I think this is excellent news and Morgan is a great choice. Lets hope the Tony Gilroy rumours are also true and we could be looking at something quite special. B)

Edited by Peckinpah1976, 12 June 2009 - 05:23 PM.


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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:31 PM

Those two are trash- why are they back?


Why are they back? Because Wilson and Broccoli clearly don't believe that they are "trash," and neither do I. They are experienced screenwriters who have significantly contributed to some inspired James Bond screenplays, and they obviously have established a trusted relationship with the producers of the franchise.

This is great news about Peter Morgan. It's always nice to have fresh blood contributing to a new project, especially from such a talented and well-regarded scribe!

#12 Royal Dalton

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:33 PM

Excellent. B)

Tom Hooper to direct, perhaps?

#13 DKnight007

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:38 PM

What I would like to see in the next Bond film is for it to be more like the original Fleming books in spirit and feel and lets hope Morgan brings it.

Fleming showed more of what makes Bond tick, and more of what goes through his mind.

I would love to see a Bond film where we see Bond narrating/voicing over the story of what goes through his mind when he meets the people he meets and what his strategy is when given an assignment. I want to see what makes him tick and what he is going through on the inside.

It would an interesting and different way to see Bond on film and it would definitely be closer in spirit with the original book(s). Lets see more of the psychology of Bond is what I'm saying.

In another little but significant twist, we should see Bond more in disguise and be different characters to use as his cover in perhaps two scenes. We can some of Craigs range by him needing to perhaps change his voice and mannerisms when undercover.

I also think it would be a nice wink to Bond fans and to the general movie audience to see Bond needing to dye his hair brown for a specific undercover assignment for example.

Another suggestion for this next film is to get back to the feel of the earlier Connery films with mystery, suspense, and more of a noirish feel. MoneyPenny and Q need to finally be introduced in this next film as well.

I hope the Broccolis get a solid director for the next film and I suggest they look at ALFONSO CUARON. He would be a great choice to direct the next Bond film, since I feel he brings the total package for a Bond film to succeed.

#14 Mr_Wint

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:46 PM

Good news. It's good that they bring in a new screenwriter and Peter Morgan is both British and talented. I'm a little bit surprised that they announce this now. Maybe EON is aiming for a late 2010 release after all.

#15 sthgilyadgnivileht

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:46 PM

This is good news. The three should make a good script. Things may change again when the director is hired though.

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:51 PM

Not too keen on The Queen, but I did like Longford and Mickey Love. Interesting choice anyway.

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:52 PM

Timely encouraging news. Looking forward to the rest of the team coming together.

#18 Scrambled Eggs

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:53 PM

Peter Morgan is the award-winning writer of such films as The Last King of Scotland, The Queen and Frost/Nixon, which was based on his play. He has also scripted the upcoming "The Special Relationship" for HBO and Hereafter for DreamWorks. He will turn his attention to "Bond 23" on completion of these duties.


If Bond 23 were a football team we should be dancing around bare chested waving our scarves in the air.

#19 tim partridge

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:54 PM

No Joshua Zetumer then? B)

Edited by tim partridge, 12 June 2009 - 05:55 PM.


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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:55 PM

Not too keen on The Queen, but I did like Longford and Mickey Love. Interesting choice anyway.


Indeed, I found the Queen quite boring. Mind, I got dragged to it on a date. Wouldn't've bothered to go in the first place if it'd been up to me.


Timely encouraging news. Looking forward to the rest of the team coming together.


Here's the hoping that news starts coming soon, too

Peter Morgan is the award-winning writer of such films as The Last King of Scotland, The Queen and Frost/Nixon, which was based on his play. He has also scripted the upcoming "The Special Relationship" for HBO and Hereafter for DreamWorks. He will turn his attention to "Bond 23" on completion of these duties.


If Bond 23 were a football team we should be dancing around bare chested waving our scarves in the air.


Somehow I can picture a few members of this forum doing that in front of their computers.

#21 danslittlefinger

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:57 PM

This is good news. The three should make a good script. Things may change again when the director is hired though.

That'll be the next announcement I think. B)

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 06:01 PM

cool. We have news! :tdown:

Now get that puppy off the ground for 2010. B)

#23 Royal Dalton

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 06:02 PM

No Joshua Zetumer then? B)

He's Forster's boy.

Morgan, on the other hand, is Frears and Hooper's.

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 06:04 PM

No Joshua Zetumer then? :tdown:

He's Forster's boy.

Morgan, on the other hand, is Frears and Hooper's.


I can already see people complaining about them being too "arty" B)

#25 kneelbeforezod

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 06:08 PM

I hope the Broccolis get a solid director for the next film and I suggest they look at ALFONSO CUARON. He would be a great choice to direct the next Bond film, since I feel he brings the total package for a Bond film to succeed.

I'll second that... if that came true it would pretty much be my dream project.

Anyway this is excellent news, can't say I'm surprised that Haggis is coming back, but hopefully it was all on perfectly good terms. Morgan is a great choice. Frost/Nixon was an intelligent crowd pleaser; Morgan should be just the guy to bring the brains and class to the table. And he's British!

#26 Quantumofsolace007

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 06:08 PM

I'm excited.

Perhaps 2010 isn't just a pipe dream B)

#27 Scrambled Eggs

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 06:08 PM

No Joshua Zetumer then? B)

He's Forster's boy.

Morgan, on the other hand, is Frears and Hooper's.


And Kevin Macdonald's.

#28 DKnight007

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 06:20 PM

I hope the Broccolis get a solid director for the next film and I suggest they look at ALFONSO CUARON. He would be a great choice to direct the next Bond film, since I feel he brings the total package for a Bond film to succeed.

I'll second that... if that came true it would pretty much be my dream project.

Anyway this is excellent news, can't say I'm surprised that Haggis is coming back, but hopefully it was all on perfectly good terms. Morgan is a great choice. Frost/Nixon was an intelligent crowd pleaser; Morgan should be just the guy to bring the brains and class to the table. And he's British!





Alfonso Cuaron or Matthew Vaughn would be my two favorites to Direct the next Bond film.

The next Bond film needs to be Directed by a SOLID, experienced Director and not some inexperienced and unproven Director that the Broccolis love rolling the dice with from time to time and end up crapping out.

#29 K1Bond007

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 06:25 PM

Not surprised about P&W, but I am surprised they went for Peter Morgan. Seems like a good choice. We'll see how it pans out.

#30 Loomis

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 06:40 PM

No Joshua Zetumer then? B)

He's Forster's boy.

Morgan, on the other hand, is Frears and Hooper's.


And Kevin Macdonald's.


I heard it through the grapevine that Macdonald was considered to direct QUANTUM OF SOLACE. Perhaps he'll do BOND 23. Frears, of course, was hired for the aborted JINX, and he's another likely name for the BOND 23 director's chair.




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