Danny Boyle Writing New James Bond Film; In Talks To Direct
The Oscar-winning director might take on 007!
New James Bond Movie Coming From Writer/Director Danny Boyle!
With a November 2019 release date looming, Annapurna Pictures and MGM are shaking things up in the world of the most famous super spy. Deadline shines some light on the upcoming 25th installment of the James Bond franchise, reporting that Academy Award winning director of Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Weeks Later, 127 Hours, and Steve Jobs, Danny Boyle, hit it off with 007 actor Daniel Craig when he directed the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics, which featured a pre-taped bit with Craig as Bond interacting with the Queen of England herself. During that time, Boyle cooked up a very specific idea for a Bond movie.
Longtime Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson sparked to Boyle and his Trainspotting and T2 Trainspotting writer John Hodge’s idea, so Hodge is now writing the next Bond movie screenplay. It’ll reportedly take a couple months to complete, and after that time Broccoli and Wilson will take a look and decide what to do next. If they like the screenplay, Boyle officially signs on and makes that Bond movie while the original Bond 25 screenplay by longtime Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, whose credits range from Skyfall and Casino Royale to Die Another Day and The World Is Not Enough, gets shelved. If Broccoli and Wilson don’t like the finished Hodge script, they’ll go back to Purvis and Wade’s take and likely re-engage with '71 director Yann Demange or Hell or High Water filmmaker David Mackenzie, both of whom have been on the Bond 25 shortlist for months, or potentially a different director. This is a unique and interesting situation, especially with a ticking clock of a 2019 release date looming meaning the movie needs to start rolling by the summertime.