Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, reported to be working on their seventh James Bond film, apparently are working on another non-007 screen writing job, Deadline: Hollywood reported.
The duo have been hired to adapt the Jo Nesbo novel I Am Victor, according to the entertainment news website.
The novel is “a thriller about a skilled but morally corrupt and narcissistic divorce attorney,” Deadline said. “When he finds himself framed for a series of brutal murders, he embarks on his own investigation to find the killer.”
The move has not been officially announced. “Purvis and Wade are understood to be finalizing the script before it goes out to cast,” Deadline said, which labeled its story an “exclusive.”
The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye reported last month that Purvis and Wade were hired to develop a story for Bond 25. Eon Productions hasn’t confirmed the move. But Bamigboye has a history of having 007-related scoops being proven correct.
That includes how Purvis and Wade were hired in the summer of 2014 to rewrite John Logan’s script for SPECTRE. That news wasn’t confirmed by Eon until December 2014 in a SPECTRE press release listing crew members.
Scribes juggling multiple projects isn’t new. Logan’s hiring for what would become SPECTRE was announced in November 2012. Logan also had play and television projects. He didn’t turn in a first draft for SPECTRE until March 2014.
Purvis and Wade recently adapted the novel SS-GB as a BBC television production and served as executive producers.