Director Marc Forster and writer Paul Haggis discuss
the status of the 22nd James
Bond film at the Los Angeles Film Festival...
Writer & Director Discuss Bond 22
5th July 2007
The Los Angeles Film Festival event last week
was a meeting of minds for the 22nd
James Bond film due out on
7th November 2008. Both the recently
announced director Marc Forster and returning
writer Paul Haggis were in town for the
festival, and spoke
to the press and
fellow movie makers about Daniel Craig's second outing as 007.
In separate interviews at the festival's Coffee Talk forum, Forster
and Haggis discussed their respective workloads and how
Bond 22 is shaping up.
Forster is not known for directing big
action-packed blockbusters, but when asked whether this
would be an issue for Bond 22, he said "I've been
trying to look into it for a while and been looking for
the right project, I just haven't found it until now so
I always had the fascination. I just always enjoyed them
very, very much, loved the whole Indiana Jones series,
the old Bonds, all those movies."
Haggis, who directed the Oscar-winning picture "Crash" before
coming onboard "Casino
Royale" for a script
was offered the job of helming Bond 22 - but
turned it down. "There are certain things you can write and
there are certain things you can direct. I just felt that
it takes a big commitment to direct a Bond film. It's a
120 day shoot. It's a two year commitment basically to
do it. If you do that on top of writing, it's almost a
three year commitment. So I just didn't want to dedicate
that much time. It's going to take me six months to get
the script into shape as it is. I think I'll do that and
then I'll go off into the next project."
Although a mammoth 007 project is looming, both are busy
completing their current projects: "The Kite Runner" for
Forster and "In the Valley of Elah" for Haggis
- both are directing.
Above: Daniel Craig will reprise his role as 007 in the 22nd
James Bond film, with filming expected to start in December
2007 at Pinewood.
Although Haggis is still busy with "In
the Valley of Elah",
he said he was scheduled to work on the Bond 22 script as soon
as the event wrapped at noon. Several crew members have commented
that the film will be a 'direct
continuation' of Casino Royale,
but Haggis does not deem it so black and white. "I wouldn't
describe it as such," said Haggis. "I think it's going
to stand on its own although it does follow right on the heels
of Casino Royale". One of his tasks is to mould cutting-edge
action sequences in to a character-driven script, like the construction
site chase in Casino Royale. "I didn't come up with the chase
sequence in the beginning. That was Martin Campbell who came up
with that and it was presented to me. But just the stairwell scene
and things like that, I'd come up with, so I've got a couple of
Paul Haggis (left), director Marc Forster
Forster explained he has not really addressed Bond 22 yet. "I'm
just literally mixing The Kite Runner in July and then sometime
in August or September, I start [Bond]," he said. "To
be honest, I haven't put any thought because really, my mind
is in The Kite Runner and scoring and finishing that up. I haven't
really spent any time with that stuff. I wish I could tell you.
Maybe in a later period." One of his first jobs will be
to screentest the cast that will compliment Craig
as 007. "Yes, I think finding Bond
girls will always be
an interesting task but again, not something I have dealt with
at this point."