Skyfall sequel is a two part story
Early news on the next Bond film, or rather films, as we hear that a writer has been given the task of writing the next Bond film and the one after that. It seems that the next Bond writer will deliver a two part story across two films which match the two film contract that Daniel Craig is currently on.
However, anyone remember the last two part Bond story we saw? You should, it failed miserably after part two which was just before this far more successful Skyfall (Filmstalker review).
The news is that writer John Logan has been given the task of delivering a brand new two film Bond story which, if you didn't get the reference to brand new, are not based on any of Ian Fleming's current work.
There's no other information and we have absolutely no details on the scripts or what direction the story will take, but we know that Logan is writing them and that's an interesting choice. John Logan has worked on a number of scripts and stories, let me cover them right here and no, I'm not linking them all:
Bat 21; Any Given Sunday; Gladiator; The Time Machine; Star Trek: Nemesis; The Last Samurai; The Aviator; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Rango; Coriolanus; Hugo; Skyfall, and the upcoming Noah.
Wow. Now do note that he was one of the writers on Skyfall (Filmstalker review) and back through that list there are some great films that are incredibly story rich.
All this spells some great things for the upcoming next two Bond films, if the scripts make it through to the screen and if they aren't passed through the hands of twenty other writers before it gets to the director, something I doubt will happen with the Bond franchise.
We've just seen two story linked Bond films that were supposed to be three but were abandoned before we got to the third and that was because of the soon to be forgotten Quantum of Solace (Filmstalker review), thankfully as I can't bear to keep mentioning it. The closing of Solace completely lost the plot, literally, and didn't even bother delivering a story and so the third film in the franchise was dropped and we moved onto Skyfall (Filmstalker review), a film that is destined to do well for Bond.
There are lessons to learn from that first film, Casino Royale (Filmstalker review), and the biggest and most important is to give the audience an ending even if you are continuing the story in the next film. Looking at the list of films I think John Logan will know this, don't you?