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Skyfall doesn’t hit theaters until Nov. 9, but so far reviews for the 23rd James Bond film have been glowing. That’s why it makes a lot of sense for the folks behind the property to stick to the same formula in the next 007 movie.
One way they’re doing that is by bringing Skyfall co-screenwriter John Logan back to write the scripts for the next two Bond films. The news originally comes from British gossip columnist Baz Bamigboye, who learned that Logan would return to the 007 franchise. The Hollywood Reporter later learned that Logan is actually penning a two-part script that will take place over the next two Bond films and won’t be based on an Ian Fleming novel.
Logan will write these movies solo. He previously had worked alongside Robert Wade and Neal Purvis, the two Bond writers who have worked on the franchise since The World Is Not Enough. Skyfall was Logan’s first 007 film.
For Skyfall, star Daniel Craig, director Sam Mendes and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson also had a big impact on the script. Somehow we have a feeling some of them will pitch in their two cents this time around, too.
This news comes little over a month after Craig was confirmed for two more Bond movies as well. Bond 24 is expected to hit theaters in fall 2014, and this screenwriter news shows that the series is a priority. However, Mendes has said Skyfall will probably be his only venture into 007 territory.
“It’s been a fantastic experience, but it’s been completely exhausting,” Mendes told Metro UK. “Do I want to do another one? I’m a shadow of my former self. [laughs] No, I don’t know. I felt like everything I wanted to with a Bond movie, I put into this film. So I would have to be convinced that I could do something that I loved and cared about as much if I was to do it again. I think the great risk of repeating oneself is that one doesn’t have the great store of ideas that you have when you first tackle a project.”
Directed by Sam Mendes, Skyfall finds 007’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) tested as her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, Bond must track down and destroy the threat, no matter what the personal cost. The film opens in the United Kingdom Oct. 26 and in the United States Nov. 9.