'Skyfall' writer to return on 24th and 25th 007 features
Logan’s attachment but a source with knowledge said the scribe has been hired. “Skyfall,” the 23rd Bondpic, begins its internationall rollout this weekend amid sky-high expectations. Logan worked on “Skyfall” with the team of Neal Purvis and Robert Wade who had worked on the franchise’s scripts back to 1999’s “The World Is Not Enough.” “Skyfall,” directed by Sam Mendes and produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, launches in the U.S. on Nov. 9. The hiring of Logan for two movies opens the door for the next two Bond pics to be shot back to back. No date has been set for the start of production. However, MGM was able to get “Skyfall” into theaters as it promised in January, 2011 when new toppers, Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum joined producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli in announcing that then-unnamed 23rd Bond movie would be released Nov. 9, 2012. The no-frills greenlight announcement also made official two other keys: Mendes coming on board to direct and Daniel Craig’s return for a third outing as 007. At that point, MGM had already been working up plans for a 2012 yearlong commemoration of the golden anniversary of the first Bond pic, 1962’s “Doctor No.” MGM would subsequently turn again to Sony for co-financing, as it did on “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace.” At that point in 2011, MGM had not commented officially on Bond films in more than a year. Development had stalled after MGM put itself up for sale in 2009. Logan’s a veteran of scripting tentpoles with credits including “Gladiator,” “Aviator” and “The Last Samurai” along with “Sweeney Todd.” The franchise has been the most durable in Hollywood, with Wilson and Broccoli succeeding their late father, Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli. “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace” each grossed nearly $600 million at the worldwide box office in their respective 2006 and 2008 releases. Logan is repped by CAA.