The search is over and Bond’s newest mission is officially back on! Five months ago, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli tabbed Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle to direct the 25th James Bond feature, starring Daniel Craig, in what is projected to be his fifth and final outing as Sir Ian Fleming’s legendary super spy. All was going well until Boyle elected to leave the film due to “creative differences” with the producers, leaving MGM, Eon Productions and Universal Pictures to find a suitable replacement. Today, Wilson and Broccoli believe they found the right man to helm Agent 007’s latest mission in Cary Joji Fukunaga.
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.
I’m not exactly familiar with Fukunaga’s body of work but from what I’ve seen and read this is a tremendous opportunity for Fukunaga and his resume must have truly impressed Wilson and Broccoli to land this gig. At first glance, this seems like a breakthrough opportunity for Fukunaga but everything he’s done at this point of his career has culminated in success and acclaim for him.
After helming what critics universally agreed to be the one good season of HBO’s True Detective, Fukunaga continued making a name for himself as an inventive filmmaker with directing Beasts of No Nation, as well as writing and producing The Alienist. He now heads Netflix’s new Maniac miniseries with Jonah Hill and Emma Stone.
New details about Bond’s new film have also been released, such as Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are slated to helm writing the picture; it’s unknown if John Hodges’ script will be used in any capacity since Hodges and Boyle are frequent collaborators and Boyle is no longer directing the feature. Production is scheduled to begin in March 2019 and the film is scheduled to release worldwide on February 14, 2020.