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Three writers sign on for next Bond pic

MUMBAI: Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have co-written the past four James Bond features, will be joined by Frost/Nixon scribe Peter Morgan on the latest installment of the franchise for MGM. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions Ltd. will produce.

The three writers will collaborate on the screenplay for the 23rd Bond film, which will once again star Daniel Craig as Agent 007. The triple hiring fits the pattern of the two most recent pictures, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, which saw Purvis and Wade drafting the initial script and Oscar-winning Crash writer-director Paul Haggis coming on to augment it.


MGM, which shared Royale and Solace with Sony, retains full control of the newest edition in the blockbuster franchise. Solace grossed $570 million worldwide, Royale $588 million. Start of production on Bond 23 has not yet been scheduled.


Purvis and Wade, who are represented by Endeavor and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates in the U.K., have written on The Italian Job, Johnny English and Plunkett & Macleane. They have an adaptation of John Le Carre‘s The Mission Song and the sequel The Brazilian Job that‘s in development.


On the other hand Morgan has written or co-written The Last King of Scotland, The Other Boleyn Girl and The Queen which earned him an Oscar nomination. His scripts for The Special Relationship and Hereafter are in development at HBO and DreamWorks, respectively.

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