– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This latest James Bond film (currently untitled) has been through quite the wringer. It was clear early on that the studio wanted to do kind of a one-eighty following the largely negative reception of Spectre in hopes of sending out star Daniel Craig on a high note.

The best way to do that, it seemed, was to hire beloved British helmer Danny Boyle. Boyle brought with him his own screenwriter, meaning the studio needed to put aside their script written by vets Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. When Boyle dropped out, the studio seemed to revert back to the duo’s draft.

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Now, as The GWW is reporting, it looks like that script may have had another high-profile contributor. According to them, on November 22, 2018, a draft was turned into the studio by Paul Haggis, who helped scribe the fantastic franchise reboot Casino Royale back in the mid-2000s. They go on to say that the script could very well have been commissioned prior to when Cary Fukunaga signed on, though that doesn’t mean it’s not being used. For all we know, this could very well be the draft the helmer is polishing for production later this year.

But is this a good thing, if true? Admittedly, I’m a tad skeptical, only because I worry about it feeling too much like what we got in Casino Royale, as all three writers (Purvis, Wade, Haggis) all had a hand in that film. In their desire to get a film done, I am concerned the studios are just trying to get the film out there, and are therefore settling on what they know.

That being said, who’s to say that a core creative team can’t churn out something different, especially with a talent like Fukunaga at the helm? Hopefully, that will be the case.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.