MGM’s bankruptcy meant there was a four-year gap between Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, but the studio, along with partner Sony Pictures, is wasting no time getting the next James Bond movie in motion. Although Skyfall has only just opened in 25 markets (taking a stonking $77 million, which is incredibly impressive considering none of those markets was the US), has hired John Logan to write the screenplay for Bond 24, with an autumn 2014 release date already being targeted, according to THR.
John Logan rewrote the existing Skyfall script by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have co-written the last five 007 movies since 1999′s The World Is Not Enough. John Logan will write the Bond 24 screenplay by himself, with the writing duo stepping aside and moving on to other non-Bond projects. It’s also believed Logan has been contracted to write Bond 25, which suggests the possibility the films will be closely linked.
Daniel Craig will return as James Bond, and supporting stars Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, and Ralph Fiennes have begun negotiations to reprise their roles from Skyfall.