Screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade confirm they are leaving the 007 franchisePress Release
Doha, Qatar; November 19, 2012: As Skyfall becomes the most successful Bond film in its 23 film history, British screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade took part in a master class at the fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) to lift the lid on writing for one of the iconic film franchises of all time.
âWhen we were originally asked to come in to meet the Bond people, we werenât expecting to be walking straight into a meeting with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilsonâ said Neal Purvis, describing the moment they first started collaborating with franchiseâs producers. âUsually there are many other layers of people that stop you getting to the head honchos and we certainly were not expecting to be kept around for 15 yearsâ
âWhen we met Eon Productions, only two of our screenplays had been made into films. It just seemed preposterous to us that they wouldnât have other writers on the projectâ added Robert Wade. âBut theyâd read a few of our other scripts and liked our sense of character and action. If thereâs action without a story or a character angle, then itâs just boring.â
Meeting at 22, the pair who has been writing together for 28 years wrote their first script during the Los Angeles Olympic Games.
âThe British Film industry in 1984 was not in a great shape. Weâd write pop videoâs to make extra money,â said Purvis. âThe tragedy is we were getting paid in the 80âs what screenwriters are still being paid todayâ
Since then, theyâve written a total of 41 scripts, with ten being made into films. Wade said âWe were told donât expect anymore than one in ten of your screen plays to be made. She was right. We thought yes, thatâs probably true, however that wonât apply to us.â
âNow were on our 41st script and have have ten films made. You wouldnât write each day if you didnât believer that your scripts were going to be made,â added Purvis.
Addressing the production delays this latest outing, the duo shed light on how important this additional time was âWe benefited from the delays as we hadnât gotten the story right. The film would not have been made without them,â explained Wade.
âThe third act wasnât right. We gave ourselves a few weeks to come up with a new concept, which ultimately became a metaphor for our journey working on these movies â our own Skyfallâ added Purvis.
When pushed on if the partners were intending to write more Bond films Wade said âWeâre very happy to have done five Bond movies, I think weâve gotten it to a good place. I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time.â
Purvis added, âWe were going to stop with Quantum of Solace, but itâs good to go out on a high with Skyfall.â
Asked about other projects outside of Bond, Wade divulged âWe did get hired to write a script about Elton John stealing 11 of the best footballers in the world, to play against a team of robots on another planet. âThat was our second paid job,â explained Purvis.
And whatâs the only thing as a bond writer you canât do? âTime Travelâ says Purvis. âAnd killing him offâ said Wade, before adding âalthough we have been temptedâ
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