Official: Marc Forster has been
confirmed as the director of the 22nd James Bond
adventure, shooting to begin December 2007...
Marc Forster Confirmed As Bond 22 Director
19th June 2007
CULVER CITY, Calif., June 19, 2007 – Marc
Forster will direct the 22nd James
Bond adventure, it was announced
today by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of
the James Bond films, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Forster is the acclaimed director of the highly anticipated
motion picture The Kite Runner, adapted from Khaled Hosseini's
best-selling novel. He also recently directed the comic
hit Stranger Than Fiction for Sony Pictures. Previously,
Forster directed the award-winning and critically acclaimed
films Finding Neverland, which was nominated for seven
Academy Awards® including Best Picture, and Monster's
Ball, for which Halle Berry won a Best Actress Oscar®.
Forster will commence work shortly with screenwriter Paul
Haggis on a draft of the screenplay by Neil Purvis and
Daniel Craig will reprise the role of James Bond in the
as-yet-untitled Bond 22 production, which follows Casino
Royale, the highest-grossing film so far in the most successful
franchise in motion picture history.
Right: Director Marc Forster. He was born in Germany in
1969 and studied film at New York University in the early
With nearly $600 million in worldwide box-office receipts, Casino
Royale was also regarded by critics as one of the best Bond films
yet. Bond 22 will begin filming at Pinewood Studios, London,
in December 2007. Columbia Pictures will release the film worldwide
on November 7, 2008.
Wilson and Broccoli said, "We are delighted that Marc Forster,
with his exceptional talent and unique vision, has agreed to
direct our next James Bond film."
Forster said, "I have always been drawn to different kinds
of stories and I have also always been a Bond fan, so it is very
exciting to take on this challenge. The new direction that the
Bond character has taken offers a director a host of fresh possibilities
and I look forward to working with Daniel Craig, Barbara Broccoli,
and Michael Wilson, as well as the team at Sony and MGM on this
Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, added, “We
had a great experience working with Marc on Stranger than Fiction
and we are excited to be working with him again. He’s an
actor’s director; he approaches material with intelligence
and taste. What makes him the perfect choice for Bond 22 is that
he will bring to this film all the elements Bond audiences expect – action,
humor, suspense, and thrills."
"The Bond franchise is one of MGM's most treasured legacies," added
Harry Sloan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MGM. "We
share Michael and Barbara's confidence in Marc Forster's directing
talents and support him in his efforts to continue the evolution
of the Bond story for today's filmgoers."