Screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who worked The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall, left the James Bond series over a year and a half ago, which put Bond 24 solely in the hands of Skyfall co-writer John Logan. However, it looks like Purvis and Wade are coming back after some “polite turmoil” (so British!) behind the scenes. The two screenwriters have been “hired to re-write Logan’s script and give it some ‘punch’.” This was the reverse situation with Skyfall where Logan came in to work on Purvis and Wade’s script. “Neal and Robert are only doing what was done to them. There’s no blood; no scars,” a source tells the Daily Mail.
Hit the jump for more. Bond 24 is currently scheduled to open in the U.K. on October 23, 2015 and in the U.S. on November 6, 2015.
According to Ralph Fiennes, who will return to play M, filming on Bond 24 was scheduled to begin shooting in October, but according to the Daily Mail, the rewrites have pushed the production’s start back to December. Assuming the studio wants to hold on to their fall 2015 release dates, it’s going to be a tight production schedule.
Filming won’t begin until a script is in place, and Purvis and Wade have reportedly been called in to “‘punch up’ the script and sprinkle in more gags, emphasizing 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.”
Although it’s tempting to start worrying about a delicate balance being disrupted and that the Oscar-nominated screenwriter is now being usurped by the guys behind Die Another Day, it’s important to keep in mind that Sam Mendes is still on board to direct, and Skyfall ended on a promising note. Expectations are high, but just because the boat is being rocked a bit, that doesn’t mean it’s going to sink.