After a series of ups and downs since the departure of Danny Boyle, it seems that MGM has found its director for the Daniel Craig-starring Bond 25. Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation) will step behind the camera for the 25th film in the James Bond franchise. Production is set to begin on March 4th, 2019 for a February 14th, 2020 release.
“We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure,” said Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
Deadline is reporting that a short list of replacement directors for Bond 25 has already been put together, and if a director can be found in the next 2 months, the next Bond film may be able to hit its November 8th, 2019 release date, after all. The list is eclectic, to say the least.
The list of directors rumored to be on MGM’s list includes Yann Demange (’71, White Boy Rick, Outlaw King), director David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water), and finally Edgar Wright, who has previously stated that he would like to direct a Bond film. Deadline notes that the studio approached Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club, Big Little Lies), but scheduling will prevent him from taking the chair. Only time will tell the direction the studio goes, and if they elect to continue Danny Boyle’s script or go back to the drawing board.
Academy Award winning director, Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) has been in chair for Bond 25 since May, but it would seem that creative differences have lead to his departure. Said to be Daniel Craig’s last outing as the MI6 operative, the film was shooting for a December 2018 production start date, but with Boyle now out, that seems a bit ambitious.
No new director has stepped forward, as the news is so sudden, but keep your eyes peeled for his replacement popping up, soon.
What a whirlwind this has been. After the announcement that Daniel Craig was returning for one more James Bond film, amidst all of his negative energy during promotion for the last film, we were all wondering who would grab the director’s chair. There was a rumor that Nolan would take it, among others. However, it looks like Academy Award winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) has taken the job.
Yesterday, Boyle addressed the reported rumors of his involvement with Bond 25 in an interview with Metro US in which he mentioned he’s currently in the process of developing a script, alongside Trainspotting’s John Hodge penned by Richard Curtis.
It’s been a roller coaster of ups and downs, will he’s, and won’t he’s, in the case of Daniel Craig returning as James Bond for the 25th film in the franchise. Now, thanks to the man himself, we have confirmation. Daniel Craig is set to reprise the role of James Bond in Bond 25.
The actor confirmed the casting last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, returning for his fifth time to the character. Bond 25, which currently remains untitled, hits US theaters on November 8th, 2019.
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, EON Productions and Gary Barber, Chairman & CEO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. announced today James Bond will return to U.S. theaters on November 8th, 2019, for its 25th installment. The film will release earlier in European territories, as usual.
No details about the film have come to light, though Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, long time collaborators and writers on previous Bond films including Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre, will return. Rumors have circulated for several weeks, now that Daniel Craig has been offered a sizable fortune to return one last time to the role.
Depending on how you view the franchise, currently, you can either breathe a sigh of relief, or throw your hands up in the air. Daniel Craig is reportedly set to return for one final James Bond film, the his fifth in the role, and the 25th to date. While not entirely set in stone, the consensus is that he’s fairly secured, after being wooed back to the role (probably with a mountain of money). Craig was famously adamant about never returning to it after the disaster that was Spectre.
It’s also being reported that singer Adele is being courted to return to the franchise, as well. Adele famously sung the theme for Skyfall, the most profitable Bond film ever made, and the only theme to win a Grammy and Golden Globe.
More sad news, as legendary James Bond actor, Sir Roger Moore, has lost a short battle with cancer, and passed away. He was 89 years old. Moore is best known for playing the third, and longest running incarnation of the popular super-spy, starring in many of its biggest films such as Moonraker, The Spy Who Loved Me, and The Man with the Golden Gun. He also had a great sense of humor, starring in The Cannonball Run, as well, playing a parody of his most popular character.
Rest in Paradise, Roger. 😦