Bond producers have chosen a 007 rookie as the latest steward of their action franchise.

Marc Forster, best known for intimate dramas such as “Finding Neverland” and “Monster’s Ball,” will direct the 22nd James Bond film for Sony. He will soon begin working with scribe Paul Haggis on a draft of the screenplay by Neil Purvis and Robert Wade.

Pic, which will again star Daniel Craig as Bond, is slated for a December start at Pinewood Studios in London. Columbia will release it worldwide on Nov. 7, 2008.

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are producing for Sony and MGM.

Craig debuted as Bond in “Casino Royale,” which generated nearly $600 million at the box office worldwide. It was directed by Martin Campell, who also helmed “GoldenEye,” the first Bond movie starring Pierce Brosnan.

Forster directed DreamWorks’ upcoming adaptation of “The Kite Runner” and recently helmed “Stranger Than Fiction” for Sony.

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“I have always been drawn to different kinds of stories, and I have also always been a Bond fan, so it is very exciting to take on this challenge,” Forster said, adding that the latest direction of the Bond character opens up “a host of new possibilities” for him as director.