Writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are Back on Bond 25

But who will direct the 25th installment?

Writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are Back on Bond 25

As we await on official word about the release date, the Daily Mail is reporting that writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have returned to develop their Bond 25 treatment into a script. The duo’s history with the franchise goes back as far as 1999’s The World is Not Enough, but they’ve also co-written the scripts for all the Daniel Craig 007 movies so far, with help from others like Paul Haggis and John Logan.

The Daily Mail says they wrote a treatment for Bond 25 before director Danny Boyle came on board and brought on screenwriter John Hodge. As previously reported, Boyle and Hodge have now both left the film, which was originally scheduled to start shooting this December for a November, 2019 release. The newspaper adds that Boyle left after Daniel Craig, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson wanted to use another writer.

While Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are turning their treatment into a script, the filmmaker who eventually signs on to direct will likely put their own stamp on it before production begins.

Before Boyle, other frontrunners to direct were David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water), Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), and Yann Demange (White Boy Rick), but there have also been rumors that the Bond 25 producers might be eyeing Christopher McQuarrie, who has had great success with the last two Mission: Impossible movies.

Daniel Craig will return as 007 in the Bond 25. He has played the secret agent in four films so far, including Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), and SPECTRE (2015). He also made a guest appearance as Bond in the Danny Boyle-directed opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, alongside Queen Elizabeth II.

MGM will release the film theatrically in the U.S. through its new joint venture with Annapurna Pictures, and Universal Pictures will release Bond 25 internationally.