AFTER WEEKS of turmoil Cary Fukunaga has been named as director of the next James Bond film.
The director of True Detective season one, Jane Eyre and Beasts of No Nation replaces Danny Boyle after he abruptly quit the film in August due to creative differences.
Fukunaga also directed Sin Nombre and miniseries Maniac, which is released on Netflix today.
Daniel Craig is set to make his fifth appearance as the legendary British spy in the 25th, as yet untitled, film in the 007 franchise.
Boyle, a longtime fan who included Craig’s Bond in the opening ceremony he directed for the 2012 London Olympics, was reportedly just beginning the casting process for the movie, slated for release at the end of next year.
Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig announced today that #Bond25 will begin filming at Pinewood Studios on 4 March 2019 under the helm of director, Cary Joji Fukunaga with a worldwide release date of 14 February 2020. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/Oyzt826sXd— James Bond (@007)
“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. (2/2)— James Bond (@007)
“Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25,” the site said, referencing the producers and star of the long-running British spy movie franchise.
“There were discussions about killing off Bond in dramatic fashion at the end. It would be a final hurrah for Daniel, and leave fans hanging,” an insider revealed.
“It would also leave it open for a twist in the next instalment — either Bond hadn’t died or there could be a Doctor Who-esque regeneration with a new actor.”
Fukunaga will begin filming in March next year with the next Bond film slated for release in February 2020.
The apppintment of the It screenwriter has seen the release date for the next instalment pushed back almost six months, with Boyle’s film originally set to come out in October 2019.