Earlier this week, Danny Boyle announced that he was departing from the upcoming Bond 25 due to creative differences. Boyle was set to co-write and direct the film with filming beginning in December. Boyle originally pitched his own idea for a Bond movie but as development continued, the Bond team decided that the idea was not in line with what they had in mind.
According to Deadline, there are many possible contenders for the job but the two biggest names are Edgar Wright and Jean-Marc Vallée.
Edgar Wright still hasn’t begun another project since his successful Baby Driver, and Deadline says Wright is “a real possibility.” All of Wright’s films emit a sense of originality and ingenuity, so the fact that Wright is even being considered for the job should be uplifting for Bond fans. Wright’s attention to detail and careful choreography could translate well to a Bond film.
Deadline also mentioned that an approach was made to Jean-Marc Vallée who’s not only had success with television shows like Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects but also with films like Dallas Buyers Club and Wild. While his resume is impressive, Vallée may be a long shot as a choice of director. Vallée’s focuses on slow, natural shots and often times prefers a non-linear narrative over a conventional one. While Wright plans and choreographs, Vallée stays natural and travels from shot to shot with very little rehearsal. A style like Vallée’s would probably feel strange if it was being applied to a Bond film.
Directors Yann Demange (’71) and David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) who were previously on the Bond 25 shortlist before Boyle was hired were also mentioned. Demange appeared to be the frontrunner to direct before Boyle came on, but has since moved on to a new HBO drama series Lovecraft Country.
There’s currently no indication as to if the film will continue with its targeted Fall 2019 release date or if the date will be delayed which may be offputting for fans but the rumored directors should bring some small glimmer of hope.