It’s been months since Danny Boyle was hired to helm Bond 25 for MGM, but it looks like the director search is back on. Boyle has just left the project because of creative differences.
The news was announced by the official James Bond account on Twitter:
Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25. pic.twitter.com/0Thl116eAd
— James Bond (@007) August 21, 2018
For now, a rumor is going out that Mission Impossible: Fallout director Chris McQuarrie is being eyed to replace Boyle. He certainly has the chops to pull off a spy-action movie, but so far, his involvement should just be taken with a grain of salt. Here’s what Variety’s Justin Kroll had to say about it:
Take this with a grain of salt but a name already being floated as a replacement is McQuarrie. This is just a rumor and has no clout behind it but is an obvious choice following FALLOUT. Not sure if he would be up for it since he has said he wants to do original material
Besides McQuarrie, another handful of directors were being considered for the job even before Boyle was hired. Probably the most popular choice to direct was The Dark Knight’s Christopher Nolan. We don’t know what Nolan is working on now, but seeing as how meticulous he is when he plans his project, his hiring could mean a delay for the release of Bond 25.
After 12 years of playing the role of James Bond, Daniel Craig was said to be planning for Bond 25 to behis final appearance as the character. Hopefully gets to go out with a bang.
Bond 25 is set for a release on Nov. 8, 2019, but the director shake-up could lead to a possible delay to 2020.