Now that James Bond’s dalliance with director Danny Boyle is at an end, veteran 007 screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have returned to pen the 25th official James Bond film.
Deadline reports the duo — who wrote or contributed to successful pictures like Casino Royale and dreadful creative blunders like Die Another Day — are adapting their treatment into a full-fledged script.
The pair had been working on Bond 25 before Boyle signed on, but their story was sidelined in favor of concept by Boyle and his frequent collaborator John Hodge. The reported “modern day Cold War” pitch led to creative disputes between Boyle and EON Productions, the company in charge of making Bond movies. Once he was gone, most assumed Purvis and Wade would return with their original story. Deadline suggests the new script will incorporate elements of the Boyle/Hodge idea into the writing teams’s previous concept.
Currently, the film still lacks a director and will, most likely, miss its original November 8th, 2019 release date.