Interview with Forster and Haggis

CBn has the scoop. Director Marc Forster and screenwriter Paul Haggis discuss Bond 22. The two items of most interest (to me) are that Haggis was offered the director’s chair, and that Bond 22 will follow CR but not be exactly a sequel.

Paul Haggis (who returns from Casino Royale) was offered the director’s chair for Bond 22 at one point, but insists that he didn’t want the job. ‘There are certain things you can write and there are certain things you can direct. I just felt that it takes a big commitment to direct a Bond film. It’s a 120 day shoot. It’s a two year commitment basically to do it. If you do that on top of writing, it’s almost a three year commitment. So I just didn’t want to dedicate that much time. It’s going to take me six months to get the script into shape as it is. I think I’ll do that and then I’ll go off into the next project.’

Interesting insight into the process.

One of the biggest news stories from earlier this year was that Bond 22 was set to be a direct continuation from the events that occurred in Casino Royale. Not entirely so, according to Haggis: ‘I wouldn’t describe it as such,’ he says. ‘I think it’s going to stand on its own although it does follow right on the heels of Casino Royale.’

This is one of those “you have to say it” things, as audiences for sequels drop off.

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