Director Danny Boyle has revealed that a dispute around the script was the reason he quit Bond 25 production.

Boyle removed himself from production citing “creative differences” and, as rumoured at the time, that the director had clashed with lead actor Daniel Craig.

However, Boyle has now revealed that the screenplay he had been putting together with his longterm writing partner John Hodge had fallen flat with the film’s producers.

“I work in partnership with writers and I am not prepared to break it up,” Boyle explained in reply to a reader question in Empire magazine. “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.”

It has now been revealed that True Detective producer Cary Joji Fukunaga has been name as the new James Bond director for the forthcoming film.

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. 

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