Marc Forster to direct Daniel Craig in Bond 22

MUMBAI: Marc Forster will direct the 22nd James Bond adventure, say Bond film producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. Daniel Craig will, once again, star in the film, which will be released on 7 November 2008.

Forster is the acclaimed director of films The Kite Runner, adapted from Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel. He also recently directed the comic hit Stranger Than Fiction for Sony Pictures. Forster has helmed award-winning and critically acclaimed films Finding Neverland, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, and Monster’s Ball, for which Halle Berry won a Best Actress Oscar.

Forster will commence work shortly with screenwriter Paul Haggis on a draft of the screenplay by Neil Purvis and Robert Wade.

Craig will reprise the role of James Bond in the as-yet-untitled Bond 22 production, which follows Casino Royale, the highest-grossing film so far in the most successful franchise in motion picture history.

Bond 22 will begin filming at Pinewood Studios, London, in December 2007.