Cary Joji Fukunaga has been named the new director of the currently untitled latest installment of the James Bond series, known for now as Bond 25.
He was picked over the numerous names that were in the running, and most importantly, replaces Danny Boyle after he exited the project over creative differences. More on the story below.
The announcement was made over Twitter, which not only confirmed Fukunaga but added that production would begin March 4, 2019 at Pinewood Studios in England.
This has been quite a turn of events these last few months. Boyle’s exit due to creative differences – rumors speculate it was a dispute over a villain – hurt the film’s chances of hitting its scheduled release.
Eon Productions even considered pushing the film all the way to summer 2020 at one point in time. But now, we can expect to see Bond 25 hit theaters on February 14, 2020. It’s a definite change of pace for the franchise, which has been releasing its slate of films around the winter season for the past few years.
In the following Tweet, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who have been producing a long line of James Bond titles said:
“We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”
After Boyle’s exit, and the delay in finding a director, 007 star Daniel Craig climbed aboard Rian Johnson’s murder mystery film Knives Out. The film starts production later this November. After that, Craig will report on set for Bond 25.
It will be interesting to see if Fukunaga can work on a franchise with so much creative oversight. He is an inspired choice, and the director behind films like Beasts of No Nation. But he’s also made huge waves on the TV front as well, getting praise for his work on the first season of True Detective, and most recently Netflix’s Maniac. However, he also exited a major film production. Back in 2015, he departed Warner Bros. and New Line Cinemas’ newest iteration of IT. And it was over creative differences.
Eon’s original plan was to find writer-director to pen and helm the film. However, Deadline says it looks like Fukunaga will be directed using a script written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Fukunaga is the second person of color the direct a James Bond film. The first being Lee Tamahor, who helmed Die Another Day. And if he does end up seeing this all the way through to the end, then we could get something like that famous one-shot take scene in True Detective.
[Source: James Bond Twitter]