This weekend Skyfall opens in 30 markets after a 4 year absence from the big screen, and it looks like Sony is making up for lost time as development on the next Bond film is already under-way. According to The Daily Mail the Bond 24 release date will be sometime in late-2014 and Skyfall co-writer John Logan has been hired to write the script.
But that’s not all. Deadline has word that the “producers have quietly made a deal with John Logan to write not one but two 007 films”, with Bond 24 and Bond 25 sharing a “two-movie arc”.
John Logan has received 3 Oscar nominations for his work on Gladiator, Hugo, and The Aviator and his next film will be Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. He was brought on by director Sam Mendes to re-write Skyfall after Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade turned in a draft, and Logan has obviously impressed producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli enough for them to give him solo writing duties on the next two films.
The director for Bond 24 is still undecided, but given the great reaction to Skyfall it’s a possibility that Sam Mendes could be asked back. Christopher Nolan has also expressed interest in directing a Bond film at some point (as you’ve probably gathered from the ending of Inception ) so the producers have a lot of options open to them.