The search for the director of the next James Bond movie is over.
28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker Danny Boyle was attached to direct the next Bond film in March but dropped out in August with creative differences cited. The new helmer has now been announced by Eon Productions and MGM.
Cary Joji Fukunaga, whose credits include Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre, Beasts of No Nation, all 8 episodes of True Detective‘s fantastic first season, and all 10 episodes of Emma Stone & Jonah Hill-starring Netflix series Maniac, has been handed the reins. Fukunaga also co-wrote It, the Stephen King adaptation he was once attached to direct.
“We are delighted to be working with Cary,” Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement. “His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”
It was no surprise that when Boyle left the project so did screenwriter John Hodge, Boyle’s longtime collaborator (Trainspotting, The Beach, Trance). Screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have been with the Bond franchise since 1999’s The World is Not Enough, are back on writing duties and will reportedly craft the screenplay with elements from their original pitch and the Boyle/Hodge script.
The creative team changeover gave lead actor Daniel Craig an opportunity to tackle another feature film in the meantime. Craig will be filming murder mystery Knives Out, from Looper and Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, with a production kick-off planned for November.
The still untitled Bond 25 has scrapped its late 2019 release date and now has a released date of 14 February 2020.