Following the announcement of the departure of Danny Boyle from the director’s seat of the next 007 film, producers Eon have revealed that Jane Eyre (2011), ‘True Detective’, Beasts of No Nation (2015) and ‘Maniac’ director Cary Fukunaga will be taking the franchise forward for Bond 25.
Eon revealed the hiring of Fukunaga today (Thursday 20th September 2019) in an announcement that also revealed production has been pushed back to March with the release date being shifted from October 2019 to 14th February 2020.
The appointment of Fukunaga marks the first time in the franchise’s 55 year Eon partnership that a Bond movie will be directed by an American, though Never Say Never Again (1983) was directed by American Irvin Kirshner for a different production company.
It is thought that Bond 25 will mark the final appearance of Daniel Craig in the lead role, concluding what will be a 15 year run as the iconic character.
In a tweet released via the official 007 Twitter account, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli made the following statement:
“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) September 20, 2018
Bond 25 was initially set to be directed by T2 Trainspotting, Sunshine and Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, with his trusted Trainspotting collaborator John Hodge reworking a script written by regular Bond scribes Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, but it was the changes made by Hodge and Boyle’s insistence upon Cold War (2018) star Tomasz Kot being the film’s central villain that is rumoured to have caused irreparable “creative differences” between the two parties, thus ending their association. It is expected that the new project will not move ahead with Hodge’s script.
Fukunaga, who recently released new series ‘Maniac’ starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill on Netflix, will follow the critically and commercially successful Sam Mendes movies Skyfall and SPECTRE, which made just under $2billion at the worldwide box office.