Well folks, you can chalk this one up as today's most bizarre rumor: According to the James Bond-related website MI6, writer-director Richard Curtis is now writing the screenplay for Bond 22. Not only that, but they also claim regular Bond scribes, Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, have been dropped after punching out scripts for The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day and, most recently, an early draft of Casino Royale.
Add to that the recent news of director Richard Michell quitting Bond 22 over "creative differences", and it appears something is not quite right in 007 land. Out of all the names to circle the latest Bond film (which is due to be released on May 2, 2008), Richard Curtis is definitely the most, um, interesting. Here we have a guy that's made a name for himself off a slew of comedies (Bean, The Black Adder) and romantic comedies (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones' Diary, Love Actually) -- is it stupid of me to think Bond 22 is a strange project for him to take on?
Assuming this information is correct (which, of course, is a big assumption), does this mean Curtis will also direct the film? Keep in mind Curtis also wrote Notting Hill, which Roger Michell directed -- perhaps that connection is what's fueling this news.