Arrival of new screenwriters delays next 'James Bond' movie

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"Skyfall" star Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes are re-teaming for "Bond 24."
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"Skyfall" star Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes are re-teaming for "Bond 24." …

The two screenwriters who penned "Casino Royale" have been hired to rewrite John Logan's script, the Daily Mail announced. As a result, the feature is scheduled to start lensing in December rather than in October as initially planned.

John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have worked together since 1999 to develop the screenplays of the last five Bond movies. But the latter two writers were edged out of the writing process on the next film in the franchise, at least until now.

Since Purvis and Wade have been brought in to jazz up the screenplay written by Logan, the 24th movie on the famous British spy will be delayed slightly.

"We have to wait for the script, so filming won't begin till December, a few months later than they wanted," indicated the Daily Mail's anonymous source, cited as "an executive associated with the Bond films."

This next episode in the franchise will reunite "Skyfall" cast members Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes ("The Grand Budapest Hotel"), Naomie Harris ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom") and Ben Whishaw ("Cloud Atlas"). "Skyfall" director Sam Mendes will also return to helm the sequel.

The team is a winning one, as "Skyfall" grossed $1.1 billion worldwide at the box office, becoming the most successful film in the Bond franchise. The feature, released in 2012, also won the Oscar for best original song with the song "Skyfall" sung by Adele.

For the time being, the film is still expected to arrive in US theaters on November 6, 2015.

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