James Bond producers reveal unexpected director pick

Carla Harmon
September 20, 2018

Almost a month after "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle said goodbye to the 25th James Bond film (allegedly due to creative differences), director Cary Fukunaga of "Beasts of No Nation" fame has been roped in.

Filming will begin in March 2019 for a worldwide release date of February 14, 2020 - just three months later than originally scheduled.

His Beasts of No Nations and work on True Detective was extremely well received and Netflix's Maniac looks great too, but as we've seen time and again indy directors can get overwhelmed when handed the reigns of a big budget movie. "His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next Jamed Bond adventure", said Wilson and Broccoli in a statement.

Notably, Fukunaga wasn't on the supposed director shortlist that surfaced in the wake of Boyle's departure, which included the likes of Bart Layton, SJ Clarkson and Yann Demange. IT before departing the project.

Fukunaga replaces Oscar-winning British director Danny Boyle, who dramatically left the project in August due to "creative differences" with the producing team.

He also wrote and directed the 2009 film Sin Nombre and the 2011 film Jane Eyre.

Fukunaga was also in line to direct the recent adaptation of Stephen King's It, having worked extensively on its pre-production, though he exited before filming began.

The film is based on a script by Boyle's T2: Trainspotting cohort John Hodge. Though helming the new installment of Bond 007 franchise will be an altogether new responsibility for him.

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