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The latest installment of the James Bond franchise, 'Skyfall,' hasn't even landed in theaters yet, and already plans are being solidified for the next two films in the series. This shouldn't be an enormous surprise when considering the longevity and legacy of this franchise, but the turmoil at the studio of late made the continuation of these films anything but a certainty. According to reports, Academy Award nominated screenwriter John Logan ('Hugo'), who wrote the final draft of the script for 'Skyfall,' will not only write Bond 24, but Bond 25 as well. Evidently the next two films will contain one over-arching story. Though it is not set in stone who will direct the next outings, the studio hopes to have Bond 24 in production by fall of 2013.
This is mostly great news. After that whole MGM bankruptcy thing that threatened the franchise, it's good to know we don't have to worry about the possibility of those delays happening again for some time. My only wish is that they had made this deal, and settled on a title for the next one, a few months ago so we could get a return to the old school Bond formula involving the "Bond Will Be Back in XYZ" postscript that used to follow the roll of each end credits and hint at the next movie. If early reactions to 'Skyfall' are any indication, locking down Logan for two more films was a smart move. My only concern is that the last time we had one of these two-movie story arcs, it was across 'Casino Royale' and 'Quantum of Solace,' and let's just say the conclusion to that story was anything but satisfying. My hope here is that there will be a more cohesive narrative threadline that connects Bonds 24 and 25, and the fact that it looks like they'll pretty much be shot back-to-back is encouraging.
What do you guys think? Does the idea of another two-movie story arc entice or concern you? How can they avoid the story pitfalls of 'Quantum of Solace?'