Screenwriter FRANKLIN THOMPSON has died at the age of 75.
Thompson, who also worked as an agent for writers, passed away on 2 December (09) at his home in California, according to industry trade paper Daily Variety.
He began his career in Hollywood as a junior agent at the H.N. Swanson Agency, before racking up writing credits on 1982's Forced Vengeance and several TV series including Standing Tall and Jake and the Fatman.
Thompson also served as an executive consultant on Perry Mason.
A memorial will be held in his honour on 31 January (10) in Pasadena, California.
Take a look back at October's inaugural event.
The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.