Danny Boyle No Longer Directing Bond 25


Some disappointing news coming out of EON Productions this week as we are hearing that the next James Bond movie has lost its director just a few months before it was scheduled to start production. Danny Boyle (Trainspotting) had officially signed on to direct the currently untitled film back in May, working from a script by his frequent collaborator John Hodge. Now we are hearing he has dropped out due to creative differences. Here’s the official statement from the official 007 Twitter account:

While there may be more details to surface in the coming weeks, for the moment, the specifics surrounding his departure are unclear. It is also unclear if EON plans to stick with Hodge’s script or if they will return to a previous version written by franchise veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade before Boyle and Hodge got involved. Either way, this seems to be yet another example of an experienced and acclaimed filmmaker not “playing well” within the limitations of a blockbuster franchise.

The movie already has a scheduled release date of October 25th, 2019 in the UK and November 8th, 2019 everywhere else. It is unclear if those dates might now be in jeopardy. Before Danny Boyle, the candidates to direct the next Bond movie were said to be Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049), David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) and Yann Demange (’71). Who would you like to see direct Bond 25?

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  • john collins

    Goddammit. Why can’t they let interesting directors alone and get on with it instead of churning out another load of boring SHIT !!. it may have nothing to do with that of course. It just winds me up they take on ‘edgy’ new wave directors and then squeeze the life out of them. Not that Danny Boyle is new or amazing but at least his films have an identity.

  • Jake

    Strange. I thought Boyle didn’t sign on to this until EON had approved the Hodge script. What the hell changed??

    Just delay it and let Villeneuve direct.

  • Matt Thephotoman

    i have a theory.. in this world of red herrings and JJ esque secrets i put forward the conspiracy that all this was to throw us off guard and Boyle was never going to direct and indeed Craig was never going to star- its all going to be a big reveal that Idris is in with Nolan to direct.

  • 1138sw

    Bummer was really looking to see Boyle’s version of Bond…sigh…

    I guess it’s time to bring in Nolan or Villeneuve or Joseph Kosinski or Doug Liman or how about Matthew Vaughn? Or hey how about Luc Besson…can’t say his action set pieces aren’t fantastic!