It’s been a while since we’ve had any real update on the search for a director for the next James Bond movie. Last summer we heard that French director Yann Demange (’71) was the top choice to helm Bond 25 with an announcement seeming imminent, although Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) and David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) were also supposedly under consideration. Now, several months later, it appears that MGM and Eon are still unsure and they may instead be dipping back into the pool of more established names. The latest rumour has Danny Boyle pegged as the new frontrunner, but would he actually consider taking on such a massive blockbuster? Hit the jump for the full scoop.
According to Variety, Danny Boyle is the man at the top of MGM and Eon’s director wish list for Bond 25. No formal offer has been made but we are hearing that discussions have taken place with Boyle even pitching a story idea to producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Deadline is reporting that Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge has been quietly hired to pen a new script based on that vision and Boyle’s involvement will hinge on whether or not that script is approved (which would also mean throwing out the current script by veteran 007 writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade).
This is not the first time Danny Boyle has been in the mix for an upcoming James Bond movie and he has previously expressed interest in taking on the iconic character. He also previously directed a segment for the 2012 London Olympics that featured Daniel Craig and Queen Elizabeth II skydiving into the opening ceremonies. Daniel Craig is currently set to return but no other cast members are attached as of yet. Do you think Danny Boyle is a great choice for Bond 25?