Edgar Wright and Jean-Marc Vallee Rumoured for Bond 25 Shortlist


Danny Boyle dropped a bombshell earlier this week when it was announced that he had backed out as director of the next James Bond movie and now the folks at EON and MGM are scrambling to find a replacement. We are hearing that if they do not find a new director within the next 60 days, the film will be forced to relinquish its November 8th, 2019 release date. Needless to say, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are going back to talk to some of the other directors that they previously had in mind, but there are also some new names in the mix now. Hit the jump to find out who else might take on Bond 25.

According to Deadline, David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water, Outlaw King) and Yann Demange (’71, White Boy Rick) are still at the top of the shortlist of possible contenders to direct Bond 25. However, both Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club) and Edgar Wright (Baby Driver) are also said to be realistic possibilities and may have already been approached for preliminary discussions. Wright, in particular, has expressed interest in directing a Bond movie in the past and appears to be available at the moment. Vallee, on the other hand, is said to have other commitments that might prevent him from taking the gig.

As for why Danny Boyle dropped out, The Telegraph is reporting that he disagreed with the casting of Tomasz Kot (Cold War) as the film’s villain. The plot of the movie is said to be based on the current political climate with Russia playing a major part in the story. Daniel Craig wanted Kot and Boyle did not, so Craig won out. What do you think of the latest Bond 25 director shortlist?

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  • Colin

    All of these, with the exception of Wright, are boring choices… clearly they will not go with Wright

  • 1138sw

    It looks like casting wasn’t the only issue:

    “Boyle apparently insisted on bringing in his frequent collaborator John Hodge to pen a new script, the existing one by long-serving Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade being put on ice. According to another industry source, this “infuriated” producer Barbara Broccoli.” – Guardian, UK

    As for Tomasz Kot I am not familiar with his work but read that his performance in Cold War was well received. Not sure what the struggle between Craig and Boyle was but Boyle probably already had some one else in mind for the villain.

    Oh well was really looking forward to DB taking on this franchise. Very disappointed. But E. Wright or Jean-Marc Vallee get the job I’d be somewhat placated. Though I would still like see these people get a chance instead:

    Denis Villeneuve
    Joseph Kosinski
    Doug Liman
    Matthew Vaughn

  • Blake in Boston

    Just get Mr. Fincher, he doesn’t seem too busy.

  • bendoofus

    No Blofeld this time?

  • Jake

    Any confirmation yet if the plan is to keep the script Boyle was going to shoot?

  • frankw35

    George Lazenby knows the character and is telling the folks at Eon he has tons of directing experience.