'Bond 25' Gets New Director, 2020 Release Date


The American is known for directing the first series of the Sky Atlantic show True Detective and the acclaimed 2015 film Beasts Of No Nation which starred Idris Elba.

Filming of the 25th Bond movie will begin at Britain's Pinewood studios in March 2019 with the worldwide release slated for February 14, 2020, three months later than the original guidance given when Boyle was director.

The official James Bond Twitter handle quoted Wilson and Broccoli as saying, "We are delighted to be working with Cary".

Cary Joji Fukunaga has replaced Danny Boyle, who left Bond 25 last month. Citing creative differences, the Trainspotting director stepped away from the project, leaving Bond 25 with no director.

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More than a worthy replacement for Boyle, Fukunaga is an auteur filmmaker with an eye for cinematography and gritty drama.

Boyle, 61, who won an Academy Award in 2009 for Slumdog Millionaire, had been due to partner again with screenwriter John Hodge on the movie. Secondly, the release date will make Bond 25 the first series entry since Licence to Kill not to be released in the fall (as that movie dropped in summer 1989). It's a pretty quick turn around, which doesn't put them too far away from the original 2019 release date, but does remove Bond from the blockbuster season.

Fukunaga was also in line to direct the recent adaptation of Stephen King's It, having worked extensively on its pre-production, though he exited before filming began.

"I'd expect Fukunaga to bring a strong grasp on character and a slightly sinister tone to the upcoming Bond film".