Marc Forster To Direct Next Bond Adventure
Daniel Craig will return for his second 007 stint
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced Forster's involvement on Tuesday (June 19). Forster, who last directed Will Ferrell to a Golden Globe nomination in "Stranger Than Fiction," will next go to work with Paul Haggis on a polish of the script by "Casino Royale" scribes Neil Purvis and Robert Wade.
"We are delighted that Marc Forster, with his exceptional talent and unique vision, has agreed to direct our next James Bond film," Wilson and Broccoli say in a statement.
As was previously announced, Daniel Craig will return for his second tour of 007 duty. After weathering initial criticism after his casting, Craig got the last laugh, as "Casino Royale" earned rave reviews as well as nearly $600 million worldwide.
Sony Pictures and MGM have already set a Nov. 7, 2008 release date for the untitled Bond film, so landing Forster was an important step. It was reported as far back as last August that Roger Michell ("Venus," "Changing Lanes") would be directing the film, but talks broke down.
Instead, producers went with Forster, who pushed Halle Berry to an Oscar in "Monster's Ball" and Johnny Depp to an Oscar nomination for "Finding Neverland."
"We had a great experience working with Marc on Stranger than Fiction and we are excited to be working with him again," says Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal. "He's an actor's director; he approaches material with intelligence and taste. What makes him the perfect choice for Bond 22 is that he will bring to this film all the elements Bond audiences expect -- action, humor, suspense, and thrills."
Forster's latest, an adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's novel "The Kite Runner," will be released this November.
"I have always been drawn to different kinds of stories and I have also always been a Bond fan, so it is very exciting to take on this challenge," Forster says. "The new direction that the Bond character has taken offers a director a host of new possibilities and I look forward to working with Daniel Craig, Barbara Broccoli, and Michael Wilson, as well as the team at Sony and MGM on this new film."