Danny Boyle is set to direct the upcoming Warner Bros film Methuselah, which follows the story of the biblical character of the same name.
The film has been in the works for a number of years with Tom Cruise highly rumoured to have been taking the lead role, however, according to reports, this is not the case as Boyle’s film will star Michael B. Jordan instead.
Boyle is set to reunite with Simon Beaufoy for the project with Beaufoy taking up scripting duties, which will mark the third occasion that the duo has worked together having previously joined forces on Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours.
Methuselah will mark the first project that Boyle has taken on since he stepped back from directing James Bond’s No Time To Die alluding to creative differences and an alleged bust-up with Daniel Craig who was unhappy with the direction Boyle was taking Craig’s final Bond film in.
Speaking to Empire Magazine last year regarding his exit from the film, Boyle had this to say: “I work in partnership with writers and I am not prepared to break it up. We were working very, very well, but they didn’t want to go down that route with us. So we decided to part company.”
He continued: “What John Hodge and I were doing, I thought, was really good. It wasn’t finished, but it could have been really good … You have to believe in your process and part of that is the partnership I have with a writer.”