Eon Productions and MGM have finally settled on a director to replace Danny Boyle on James Bond 25, announcing Thursday morning that Cary Joji Fukunaga (Maniac, IT) would be helming the project.
The announcement was made by the official 007 Twitter account on Thursday Morning, stating that producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, as well as Daniel Craig, had chosen Fukunaga as the next director.
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
With Daniel Craig reprising the titular role for the last time, Bond 25 is set to begin filming in March, with a new release date of February 14, 2020. The film was previously set for release in November 2019, but was delayed following Boyle’s departure. On the announcement, here is what Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli had to say:
“We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”
Fukunaga is best known for his Netflix feature film Beasts of No Nation, as well as his work directing the entire first season of HBO’s critically acclaimed crime drama, True Detective. Fukunaga’s next project, the Emma Stone and Jonah Hill-starring limited series Maniac, is set to debut on Netflix this weekend. He was also the original director of the 2017 feature IT, before departing the project over creative differences.
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