'James Bond' movie is getting a script overhaul
James Bond is the charming British spy who has amazed audiences with his resourcefulness, one-liners, and endlessly cool gadgets. The man with a license to kill is returning to theaters for the 25th film of the franchise. However, as we reported, the film's release date was rescheduled. Following this, the movie seems to have tapped a new writer to overhaul the script. Read on.
MGM, which is handling the making of the new Bond film has decided to push it back, giving it a release date of April 8, 2020. Previously, the film was slated to release on February 14, 2020. For those unaware, the movie will be helmed by Cary Fukunaga, best known for HBO's True Detective Season 1, and marks Daniel Craig's last appearance as Bond.
Following the news of the release date being rescheduled, Scott Z. Burns has been tapped to work on the script, which was initially provided by franchise stalwarts Robert Wade and Neal Purvis. Burns is expected to overhaul the existing script rather than doctor it. Notably, Burns has worked on several famous scripts including The Bourne Ultimatum. Sources claim Burns might get 'first screenplay credit'.
Burns appears to be the man studios call when they are less than satisfied with the scripts turned in to them. Burns has reportedly done uncredited script fixing work for films like Ocean's 12, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and The Bourne Supremacy.
Getting a new scriptwriter and overhauling the script might be troubling for the upcoming Bond movie, but it is not the first bump on their journey. Initially, the Oscar-winning director of 127 Hours, Danny Boyle, was supposed to helm the movie. However, he departed over creative differences, and Cary stepped in. Despite setbacks, the studios still have time to deliver a successful Bond film.