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Bond begins anew with scribe trio

Morgan, Purvis and Wade to write the script

“Frost/Nixon” scribe Peter Morgan will join James Bond alums Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to pen the script for the next 007 installment.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Prods. and MGM are moving forward on the 23rd pic in the spy series.

Purvis and Wade most recently worked on “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale.”

Daniel Craig is already set to reprise his role as 007, and Wilson and Broccoli are producing. No start date has yet been set, but EON and MGM are eyeing a 2011 release.

“Peter, Neal and Robert are extraordinarily talented and we’re looking forward to working with the three of them,” Wilson and Broccoli said in a statement. Both “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale” were co-productions of MGM and Sony, with the latter distributing. The new film will be the first to return as a full MGM release. The first 20 pictures in the franchise were distributed by MGM.

Morgan wrote the play and screen adaptation of “Frost/Nixon,” as well as “The Last King of Scotland” and “The Queen.” He’s most recently been working on “The Special Relationship” for HBO, and “Hereafter” for DreamWorks. He’ll begin writing the Bond film after completing those projects.

Purvis and Wade have been working on “The Brazilian Job,” the sequel to “The Italian Job,” on which they were also writers.

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