Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, veteran 007 screenwriters, have agreed to return to ‘Bond 25’ after things fell apart following Danny Boyle’s departure.
Boyle removed himself from production citing “creative differences” as it emerged the director clashed with lead actor Daniel Craig and growing issues with John Hodge’s script. Now, in the wake of his decision to leave, producers have brought back Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
The duo, who have written every Jame Bond film since the release of 1999’s The World Is Not Enough, previously submitted work for ‘Bond 25’ which was scrapped by Boyle.
Elsewhere, chaos still reigns on the production of the new film. Actor Saïd Taghmaoui has also revealed that Danny Boy cast as the lead villain before resigning as director and now is confused as to the situation.
Prior to stepping aside, Boyle had made Saïd Taghmaoui his lead villain. “I’m supposed to do the next James Bond, playing the lead bad guy,” the actor told The National. “I was cast by Danny Boyle, and just now he left the project, so of course there’s some uncertainty.”
Taghmaoui has also revealed that the production team are still unsure of the location for the next film, a decision that impacts him directly: “We don’t know who the director will be, and the producers don’t know if they’re going to go Russian or Middle East with the baddie right now,” he said.
“I literally just received a message saying: ‘If they go Middle East, it’s you. If they go Russian, it’s someone else.’
“It’s the story of my life. Always on that line between something that could change my life and something that disappears.”