Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct Bond 25

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Last month we heard the disappointing news that Danny Boyle had dropped out as director of the next James Bond film due to creative differences. Although there were some interesting names in the mix to replace him (including Edgar Wright), the more pessimistic among us felt that the obvious response to losing a big name director like Boyle would be to choose a lesser known entity that could be more easily controlled. Fortunately, it looks like that will not be the case because today we are hearing that Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective) has landed the gig. The official announcement is as follows:


“Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig announced today that Bond 25 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.

‘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.”

Fukunaga is probably best known for directing the acclaimed first season of HBO’s True Detective, but he also has several well-received films under his belt including Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre and Beasts of No Nation. He also directed all ten episodes of the upcoming series Maniac, which hits Netflix this weekend. He is definitely seen as an auteur of sorts and his only studio gig thus far was the It remake, which he left after years of development due to creative disagreements with execs at Warner Brothers. Do you think Cary Fukunaga is a great choice to direct Bond 25?

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  • Jake

    I haven’t seen any of his feature films, just True Detective. Edgar Wright would have been my choice, but that was obviously a huge long shot. I’m more bummed that they’ve tossed the John Hodge script and gone back to the genius duo of Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, at least according to the imdb page. That’s what I really didn’t want to see happen. I was hoping they would finally get some new voices in there. They’ve been the only Bond writers since World Is Not Enough.