Oscar-nominated writer Paul Haggis has joined "Casino
Royale" production to polish the screenplay by
James Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade...
UPDATED: 31st August 2005
Paul Haggis Joins Casino Royale
30th August 2005
A new writer has been brought onboard production
of "Casino Royale"
according to the latest trade press reports. The Hollywood
Reporter today confirmed Paul Haggis has joined the
21st James Bond film to work on an original draft by 007
regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Oscar-nominated Paul Haggis), whose latest hits include
"Million Dollar Baby" and "Crash", will
be updating the year-old script from Purvis & Wade.
His work on the screenplay will no doubt include tailoring
changes for director Martin
Campbell and shaping the script for the sixth
James Bond actor - who is yet to be announced.
It's a busy time for Haggis, who recently adapted James
Bradley's World War II book "Flags of Our Fathers"
for director Clint Eastwood, currently filming in Iceland.
Haggis is set to direct New Line Cinema's "Honeymoon
With Harry," which he adapted from a novel by Bart
Baker, followed by Warner Bros. Pictures' military true
story "Death and Dishonor," based on a Playboy
investigative piece about a career officer's search for
his soldier son, who went missing on his way home from the
frontlines of Baghdad, which Haggis also will write and
Above: Writer Paul Haggis
Above: Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who co-wrote "The
World Is Not Enough" (1999) and "Die
Another Day" (2002), began work on the first "Casino
Royale" draft back in February 2004.
When questioned about which actor they had in mind whilst
writing, the scribes said in an interview
last year that “as far as we are aware Pierce
is still James Bond”. A lot of water has passed
under that bridge since, and a decision on Pierce Brosnan's
replacement as 007 is imminent.
"Bond 21" was held up for a year as Purvis &
Wade wrote a screenplay for the ill-fated spin-off Jinx
movie - a role which Halle
Berry was to reprise - before MGM
ultimately pulled the plug in October 2003.
Adding extra writers throughout a production is not uncommon
for the James Bond series. Half of the four movies produced by
Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli have seen changes, with
in 1995 and "The World Is
Not Enough" in 1999 taking on additional scribes.
G. Wilson revealed details of "Casino Royale" production
back in May. Wilson confirmed the start date for principal photography
was January 17th 2006, with a release date planned for October
19th 2006. In an MI6
exclusive the following day, Wilson went on to explain the
process of selecting a new James Bond and how Ian
Fleming's source material will be the basis of the screenplay,
"We hope to follow the book at least in part of the film.
The book itself is too short to make up an entire film."
Update - 31st August 2005
Robert Wade told ScreenDaily.com
that Haggis will do a three-week polish on the second draft of
Sony/MGM's Casino Royale, originally penned by himself and co-writer
"What I can say on behalf of me and Neal is that we completed
all the work we were contracted to do on Casino Royale,"
Wade said. "It has taken us a year-and-a-half. Everything
is written, including the structure – it just needs a polish.
If you can bring in a hot talented writer to polish it then great,
it is normal on this size of movie. I an sure Paul Haggis will
do a great job."
On the subject of the source content of the script, Wade said:
"It’s been different really. There is good solid material
but it is set around a game of cards and very contained. We are
writing it as he has grown to be now and there are expectations
we have to meet. A lot of it is our own material. It is quite
different: it is the story that shows what formed his character.
It’s great to be asked to adapt that and show it in a modern
"Casino Royale", the 21st James Bond film,
will be directed by Martin Campbell and shooting is scheduled
to commence on January 17th 2006 for release on October 19th 2006.
No casting decisions have been made officially, including the
role of 007. Stay tuned to MI6 for the latest and most accurate
coverage of Casino Royale.
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Purvis & Robert Wade Interview