True Detective producer Cary Joji Fukunaga has been revealed as the new James Bond director for the forthcoming film ‘Bond 25’.
Fukunaga replaces Danny Boyle who walked away from production citing “creative differences” as it emerged the director clashed with lead actor Daniel Craig.
A tweet posted from the official James Bond account confirmed the news: “Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig announced today that #Bond25 will begin filming at Pinewood Studios on 4 March 2019 under the helm of director, Cary Joji Fukunaga with a worldwide release date of 14 February 2020.”
“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.
Fukunaga’s most recent work came in the shape of Maniac, a dark comedy starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill which will arrive to Netflix later this month. However, he’s arguably best known for his directing producing the first season of hit show True Detective.
Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig announced today that #Bond25 will begin filming at Pinewood Studios on 4 March 2019 under the helm of director, Cary Joji Fukunaga with a worldwide release date of 14 February 2020. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/Oyzt826sXd
— James Bond (@007) September 20, 2018
In other news, veteran 007 screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have agreed to return to ‘Bond 25’ after things fell apart following Danny Boyle’s departure.
The duo, who have written every Jame Bond film since the release of 1999’s The World Is Not Enough, previously submitted work for ‘Bond 25’ which was scrapped by Boyle.
Elsewhere, chaos still reigns on the production of the new film. Actor Saïd Taghmaoui has also revealed that Danny Boy cast as the lead villain before resigning as director and now is confused as to the situation.
Prior to stepping aside, Boyle had made Saïd Taghmaoui his lead villain. “I’m supposed to do the next James Bond, playing the lead bad guy,” the actor told The National. “I was cast by Danny Boyle, and just now he left the project, so of course there’s some uncertainty.”
Taghmaoui has also revealed that the production team are still unsure of the location for the next film, a decision that impacts him directly: “We don’t know who the director will be, and the producers don’t know if they’re going to go Russian or Middle East with the baddie right now,” he said.
“I literally just received a message saying: ‘If they go Middle East, it’s you. If they go Russian, it’s someone else.’
“It’s the story of my life. Always on that line between something that could change my life and something that disappears.”