When James Bond returns to theater screens in the UK today, he will do so after a four year absence that was prolonged by MGM's financial woes during that time. However, if EON has its way, 007's next adventure will occur much sooner, as the studio already has "Skyfall" writer John Logan plugging away on the franchise's 24th film.
"Skyfall" director Sam Mendes actually brought Logan aboard to polish the original script by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the two scribes who have delivered the last five Bond films dating back to 1999's "The World is Not Enough." The pair has decided to move on after a "tremendous run" according to an executive.
The next film already has an outline, which is being described as a "closely guarded secret" with only star Daniel Craig, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and some "trusted aides" in on it so far. EON plans to have the film in production and shooting at Pinewood Studios next year for a 2014 release.
"Bond 24" will be Daniel Craig's fourth outing as 007, and it could be his penultimate turn. Earlier this year, he signed on for two more films, but, in the past, EON has indicated that it would like to have Craig around for as many as five films after "Skyfall."
Logan's involvement is already a boon for the new film, as "Skyfall" has managed to rack-up heaps of pre-release praise, with many citing the script as a strong point. Likewise, Sam Mendes's direction has earned much praise, and it'll be interesting to see if EON attempts to woo him back for a follow-up.
In the past, Mendes has said that "Skyfall" is likely to be his only Bond outing, and, if this is true, expect rumors to swirl about his replacement. There's little doubt that Christopher Nolan's name will emerge at some point given his outspoken desire to direct a Bond film.
Until then, however, audiences will be lapping up "Skyfall," which will debut in U.S. theaters in two weeks.
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