Dossiers tagged with "Peter Morgan"

Bond 23 still contains one central idea from writer Peter Morgan

The once writer of the Bond 23 script, Peter Morgan, has let slip that the production team are still using his “big hook” as part of the plot to the new James Bond move.

Peter Morgan, famed for The Queen and Frost/Nixon told Digital Spy at an event recently:

I hear that an idea, the central idea, is still there but not one similar thing other than that. I think they’ve still kept the big hook, which I’m not going to tell you!

When MGM was on the rocks late last year, Morgan bowed out of the project and when production restarted, his writing talents were replaced by American John Logan.

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Writer Peter Morgan says the momentum has gone on Bond 23

Following up on the brief comment made to Coming Soon this week, screenwriter Peter Morgan has gone into detail about his Bond 23 ideas and his work on the new James Bond movie script.

Speaking to Indie Wire, in a series of video interviews, Morgan says that he first got involved in the 007 franchise back in 2008 when he had a meet with the film’s producers.

He had an idea to share with EON Productions and the crew took the acclaimed screenwriter up on the chance to pen an outline (“treatment”) for the 23rd James Bond movie.

James Bond website MI6 has transcribed the pertinent parts of this interview in which Peter Morgan says:

I wrote the treatment, and it remains to be seen what they do! I suspect if they start again, they’ll start entirely again [from scratch]. I think there was momentum behind my idea for the moment, and I suspect that moment’s probably gone.

Morgan also spoke candidly about the future of James Bond at the movies – expressing the feeling that the franchise is running on empty.

I do think that the absence of social reality in the Bond films [is a problem] – and I do hope they manage to get that in a script – that you can believe in him and he’s not just a man in a dinner jacket. He’s a creature of the Cold War. I personally struggle to believe that a British secret agent is still saving the world.

Lastly the Frost/Nixon screenwriter put his weight and faith behind the director, Sam Mendes, who is still lined up to direct the film once the MGM drama draws to a close.

I’m very encouraged if Sam Mendes [directs the film], because I’m sure he wouldn’t put his name to a load of nonsense. He’s smart and he’s British and he would care deeply about the franchise. He’s got his feet on the ground and understands what’s going on in the world.

It seems that at this stage, EON are awaiting a resolution in MGM’s financial situation before appointing a new screenwriter.

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Writer Peter Morgan says no James Bond 23 draft was ever completed

The acclaimed screenwriter Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) spoke to Coming Soon about his work on his newest film – the Clint Eastwood directed Hereafter.

Whilst speaking with Morgan, the team over at Coming Soon could not resist dropping in a Bond 23 question.

Fans will recall that Morgan spent a few months in the second half of 2009 working on a script for the now-delayed James Bond 23 and told reporters in Austria (his new family home) that it would be a shocking story.

Now the only shock for fans is that even less work on the draft was done than anticipated.

The screenwriter revealed that he did not even turn in a draft of the new 007 movie script:

I hadn’t gotten that far. I was working on an outline when they said, “We’re going to have to stop this process now,” and when it came to the point where I was going to commit to doing the Freddie Mercury film, I sort of discussed with my reps that it would probably take me out of all consideration and that’s what’s happened, and I wish them the best.

Now attached to several other projects, it looks like the respected screenwriter will not be returning to the James Bond family any time soon.

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Michael Sheen jokes that he wants to play Miss Moneypenny in Bond 23

The Welsh actor who has become synonymous with the award-winning co-screenwriter of Bond 23, Peter Morgan joked to the presses recently that he would love to play M’s secretary, the lovely Miss Moneypenny – who has been absent fro the Craig era to date.

Last year Sheen was connected to the role of Blofeld by the tabloids but denied the rumors, most of which sprang from the announcement of Morgan’s involvement. The pair have both been involved in The Queen, Frost/Nixon, The Special Relationship and The Deal.

Peter Morgan has written the story for the next Bond film so there was that connection and then a journalist wrote as a joke that I would be playing Blofeld and that went viral,” he said. “When people ask me, I always say I’m playing Miss Moneypenny, which I wish was true but is not!

“I suppose it’s hard to play Blofeld now because of the Austin Powers films where Mike Myers plays Dr Evil. Roger Moore dropped him down a chimney didn’t he, so he’d have to come back all f**ked up!”

Sheen is clearly making light of the press’s original rumor.

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Bond screenwriter Peter Morgan reveals Bond 22 will be a ‘shocking story’

The worldwide James Bond site is reporting that Peter Morgan has spoken to the presses about his new Bond screenplay, saying it will be shocking and admitting he is not allowed to say much more. “Bond creates a hysteria around it, one that I haven’t previous known”, he said. “It’s a magnet for publicity – everyone wants to know what’s going on with the new Bond”.

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