June 12, 2009
Peter Morgan to write Bond 23!
I just got a humdinger of an e-mail.
Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the producers behind the popular James Bond series, this afternoon announced that Peter Morgan, the extraordinarily talented screenwriter of The Last King of Scotland, Frost/Nixon and The Queen will join scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade in penning the 23rd James Bond adventure.
The full text follows:
LOS ANGELES, CA June 12, 2009 â€“ Producers 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. Morgan is represented by UTA (US) and Independent Talent Group (UK).
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. Purvis and Wade are represented by Endeavor (US), Casarotto Ramsay & Associates (UK).
This seems to me to be a screenwriting coup. Morgan's credentials are impeccable and erudite, yet infinitely accessible. His contributions should go a long way to ending the three film reboot arc with muscular elegance.