Following on from yesterday’s reports of the new James Bond film being delayed by nearly two months from mid-February to early April 2020, word has come that the project’s script is getting a re-write.
Scott Z. Burns, who co-wrote “The Bourne Ultimatum” and has worked on four Soderbergh movies including “Side Effects,” “Contagion,” “The Informant” and the upcoming “The Laundromat,” has come onboard the film at MGM and Annapurna’s United Artists label.
The Playlist reports that the work will go beyond a mere polish, rather it’s “an overhaul” which will take at least four weeks and as a result he’ll likely get first credit on the script (and a hefty paycheque). Burns, like Chris McQuarrie, is a famed ‘last-minute script doctor’ and has done uncredited work on a bunch of films including “Rogue One”.
Producers have reportedly been after him for months to beef up the script, but Burns has been busy with his feature-length directorial effort “The Report” which debuted to much acclaim at Sundance in January and was bought by Amazon Studios. With that now sitting pretty and likely not requiring press until Fall, Burns is now in the UK at work on the 007 script – not the first time he’s been sought for this franchise either.
Purvis & Wade have often laid the groundwork in the past for other writers to heavily re-write with Paul Haggis taking on that job for both “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace,” and John Logan doing it for “Skyfall” and “Spectre”.
Filming on the new Bond was to begin in early March but has also been pushed back to April. Cary Joji Fukunaga (“True Detective”) is slated to helm the film which has already seen delays after Danny Boyle decided to leave the project weeks before it was scheduled to begin. Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw all expected to join Daniel Craig in his fifth and final outing in the role.