Marc Forster, the filmmaker behind critically acclaimed “Monster’s Ball” and “Finding Neverland,” has been tapped to direct James Bond’s next adventure, the studio and producers said on Tuesday.
The German-born Forster will direct the untitled 22nd Bond film from a script he and Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis will develop from a draft by previous Bond collaborators Neil Purvis and Robert Wade.
As previously announced, actor Daniel Craig, who made his debut as the super spy in “Casino Royale,” will return with a license to kill in the upcoming movie, slated for release in November 2008.
Haggis, Purvis and Wade also shared screenwriting credits on “Casino Royale,” which grossed nearly $600 million at worldwide box offices to rank as the most successful film in the storied movie franchise based on the books by British spy novelist Ian Fleming.
Veteran Bond film producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are teaming up again on the latest picture, which will be released jointly by Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios.
Forster’s eclectic mix of directorial work ranges from critically acclaimed, character-driven dramas like “Finding Neverland” and “Monster’s Ball,” which earned Halle Berry an Oscar for best actress, to Will Ferrell comedy “Stranger Than Fiction.”
Forster’s latest movie, “The Kite Runner,” about an Afghan immigrant to California who returns to his war-torn homeland, is due to open later this year.
Haggis shared Academy Awards for best picture and best original screenplay for his work on the racial drama “Crash” and was Oscar-nominated for his “Million Dollar Baby” screenplay.