As part of EON's announcement back in January, it was officially stated the screenplay would be written by Bond veterans Purvis and Wade (TWINE, DAD, CR and QOS) and playwright John Logan. I've had mixed feelings about Mr. Logan based on his past contributions. On one hand he got his start as a stage playwright with plays focusing on historical accounts, so this could be a good pairing with director Sam Mendes, who also has a theatre background. His most recent work: the Broadway hit "Red", a cerebral bio-drama about abstract artist Mark Rothko, has received rave reviews.
Logan's film screenplay resume, however, seems a little shaky. His first major screenplay was "Any Given Sunday", directed by Oliver Stone. While it did have some good dramatic moments, the whole production seemed a bit overbloated. In fairness, this criticism should be aimed at Oliver Stone. His next screenplay contribution was for Gladiator, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. It's not my favorite film by any means, but it did do a nice job of combining interpersonal drama with action: if done well suits a Bond film (CR for example). His other Oscar nominated film was the Martin Scorcese directed "The Aviator."
Logan's had a string of additional feature film credits: all pretty much a mixed bag: Star Trek: Nemesis, The Last Samurai, Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, and most recently Rango. He's had quite a diverse range of projects, so perhaps he brings a broad experience of writing to Bond. He's also worked with some of the biggest directors around...but still...I'm not completely excited about his attachment to the project. What are your thoughts on John Logan?