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:
Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25. pic.twitter.com/0Thl116eAd
— James Bond (@007) August 21, 2018
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?