James Bond 25: Cary Fukunaga named as new director

Sergio Cunningham
September 20, 2018

USA filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the next James Bond movie, set for worldwide release on February 14, 2020, the franchise's producers said Thursday after British director Danny Boyle quit the project last month.

Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga has been named as the director of the next James Bond film. The change puts a slight delay in the schedule for 007's next adventure: Bond 25 will begin filming at London's Pinewood Studios on 4 March 2019, and comes out just under a year later on 14 February 2020.

Broccoli and Wilson said: "We are delighted to be working with Cary".

Bond is back on.

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Fukunaga, who is also directing new Emma Stone Netflix series Maniac, replaces Danny Boyle, who dropped out, blaming "creative differences". He was the director and executive producer for the first season of True Detective, winning a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. The pair have written every Bond film since The World Is Not Enough, including high points like Casino Royale and Skyfall, and wobblier entries like Die Another Day and Quantum Of Solace.

At this time, there have been no other announcements regarding the rest of the cast, so main roles, like the film's antagonist, are still up in the air.

The appointment will be a disappointment for SJ Clarkson after earlier this month it was suggested she could become the first ever female director of a 007 film.

Craig famously said after the release of his last Bond film, Spectre, that he would rather slit his wrists than play the character again.

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