Producers of the next James Bond movie made a number of announcements about the project Thursday, including naming Cary Joji Fukunaga as the film’s director.
Fukunaga steps in after the departure of “Slumdog Millionaire” director Boyle, who left the project last month over what producers described as creative differences.
“Fukunaga’s appointment marks the first time an American director has helmed a 007 film in the 55-year history of Eon’s Bond titles (1983’s ‘Never Say Never Again’ was helmed by the late Irvin Kershner, but this is the only James Bond outing not produced by Eon),” The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision reports.
THR quotes producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli saying in a tweet: “We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”
Producers also announced that the project’s release has been pushed back.
“Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig said the still-untitled Bond 25 will start filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on March 4, and will be released on Feb. 14, 2020,” the AP reports. The movie was originally slotted for Oct. 25, 2019.
The AP adds: “Fukunaga won an Emmy Award for the first season of TV series ‘True Detective’ and wrote and directed gritty war movie ‘Beasts of No Nation,’ starring Idris Elba — often named as a potential successor to Craig as the suave superspy.”
The new movie mark’s Craig’s fifth, and probably final, performance as 007.