The departure of Danny Boyle last month was a significant setback for the 25th James Bond film’s already troubled production, but a replacement has been found.
Confirmed on Twitter this morning, Cary Joji Fukunaga, the director of True Detective Season 1, is now on board for Bond 25. Filming will begin on March 4, 2019 and the release date has been pushed back to February 14, 2020.
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. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/Oyzt826sXd
— James Bond (@007) September 20, 2018
Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli released a joint statement on Fukunaga, saying, “We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”
Fukunaga will join returning Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade on the film, which is expected to be the last starring Daniel Craig in the lead role.
There’s a lot to like about this casting. For one thing, Fukunaga will become the first American filmmaker to ever helm an official Bond film (not counting the 1967 Casino Royale or Never Say Never Again). Fukunaga also simply a great filmmaker, with a reputation for adhering strictly to his own creative vision, which is the main reason why he exited the production of IT. It would seem that Eon is comfortable with allowing an auteur to step in and give Bond a go, or else they wouldn’t have hired someone like Fukunaga.
We can’t wait to see what he delivers on Valentine’s Day 2020.
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