Haggis back for Bond 22

Racism guru Paul Haggis, who also happened to win as Oscar for directing Crash, has taken the reigns of scripting the follow-up to Casino Royale. Though we’re not the biggest Paul Haggis fans – anyone else think Crash should have been titled Crash: Racism 101, or How I stopped worrying and learned to love people not like me? – we loved his script for the latest James Bond adventure.

So the LA Times is reporting that Haggis will be back scripting once again. That’s good news, except it’ll be interesting to see how well his script turns out when he doesn’t have an awesome Ian Fleming book to work with. More interesting that Haggis scripting is the list of directors rumored to be in line for helming the superspy flick.

Tony Scott, Jonathan Mostow, Marc Forster and Alex Proyas are all allegedly in negotiations to direct Bond 22. Of those four we think Forster or Proyas would be the best choices.

Tony Scott’s visual style (Domino, Man on Fire, Deja Vu) just doesn’t vibe well and Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Breakdown, U-571) has proven to be a pretty bland director.

Marc Forster (Monsters Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger Than Fiction, Stay) has bounced from genre to genre and proven himself not only a visual wiz but also a fantastic storyteller. It seems every hat he wears he’s knocked it out of the park. We’d love to see him tackle an action movie first, but if Bond 22 is his first stab at action we think he’d nail it.

And really Alex Proyas (I, Robot, Dark City, The Crow) just gives us a boner thinking about his style mashed up with a James Bond story.

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