Despite a first draft script being completed
by Bond writers Neal Purvis & Robert Wade back in July
2003, and Halle
Berry very happy about the shape of the film, MGM told
Eon Productions last week to scrap any plans for a Jinx
movie and to concentrate on Bond 21.
"High Fidelity" and "Dirty Pretty Things" director
Stephen Frears, who was due to be announced as helming
the Jinx project according to Variety, will no longer be
taking the Jinx character from "Die Another Day" into
her own film before Bond 21.
Variety claim the decision came "much to the apparent
dismay of Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson", co-producers
of the Bond franchise at Eon Productions.
full Variety article available to subscribers went
further: "Eon is clearly furious -- `there were
creative differences,` says a spokesperson acidly.
But curiously, Eon is making no apparent effort to wrest "Jinx" from
MGM and set it up at another studio."