Jane Eyre and True Detective director Cary Joji Fukunaga has been tapped to direct Bond 25, and the movie's release date has been pushed back to Valentine's Day 2020. Eon Productions has been searching for a new director since Danny Boyle parted ways with production in mid-August, taking with him a script written by John Hodge (Trainspotting).
Bond 25 will now revert to the original story by veteran Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The movie is being produced under the working title Shatterhand, and will reportedly be based on Ray Benson's recent 007 novel Never Dream of Dying. At one point it was rumored that Christoph Waltz's Spectre villain, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, would be returning for the sequel, but due to the recent change of hands we've yet to hear any official casting news (beyond Daniel Craig's return, of course).
Fukunaga was announced as director of Bond 25 on social media, alongside the reveal that the movie's release date has been pushed back by a few months, from its planned release of November 8, 2019, to February 14, 2020. The announcement was accompanied by a statement from Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who said, "We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure."
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
Fukunaga earned widespread critical acclaim, and a Primetime Emmy, after directing all eight episodes of True Detective season 1. He also directed all ten episodes of upcoming Netflix drama Maniac, which stars Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. His feature films include a 2009 adaptation of Jane Eyre, with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender in the lead roles, and Netflix release Beasts of No Nation, in which Idris Elba played an African warlord leading an army of child soldiers.
Losing Boyle was a blow to fans who had been eager to see his take on the iconic spy series, but Fukunaga is definitely a worthy and exciting replacement. The sacrifice of creative control that comes with taking on a major franchise entry (which was reportedly a dealbreaker for Boyle) likely won't be an issue, since Fukunaga spoke on the topic in a recent interview with GQ. Discussing his departure from the 2017 IT adaptation, which he says was on account of Warner Bros. treating him like he would "go rogue," Fukunaga said that he's very open to working within a studio's demands.
"I would have been a total collaborator. That was the kind of ridiculous part. It was just more a perception. I have never seen a note and been like, F*** you guys. No way. It's always been a conversation."
We're certainly intrigued to see what Fukunaga brings to the James Bond franchise - even if it means waiting a few more months for the next adventure.
- James Bond 25 (2020) release date: Apr 08, 2020