James Bond is getting an Oscar winner to direct him on his upcoming new mission. For the last few months, it has seemed like Danny Boyle was moments away from being announced as the latest director for the franchise. The 25th Bond film initially had a different slate of filmmakers in the running, but Boyle apparently came to them with an idea. The powers that be were interested in seeing a screenplay, and it sure seems like they dug it. Yes, the man who won a Best Director Academy Award for “Slumdog Millionaire” will be taking on the world’s suavest secret agent.
Variety is reporting that Bond is officially being handled by Universal Pictures internationally, along with the team of Annapurna Pictures and MGM domestically. Buried in that, however, with a press release from the powers that be, is the word that Boyle is at the helm. The script that he developed for 007 with his writer John Hodge is the one that Barbara Broccoli and company have chosen. This will be the first film in the franchise not to be at least co-written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade in about 20 years. Now, to just hit this new outing with Daniel Craig out of the park.
Here are the relevant press release parts from the article:
“We are delighted to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as James Bond in the 25th installment of the franchise,” said EON Productions’ Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. “We will begin shooting ‘Bond 25’ at Pinewood Studios in December with our partners at MGM and are thrilled that Universal will be our international distributor.”
“Under the leadership of Michael and Barbara, we couldn’t be more thrilled than to bring the next 007 adventure to the big screen uniting the incomparable Daniel Craig with the extraordinary vision of Danny Boyle,” said MGM’s chairman of the board of directors Kevin Ulrich.
MGM films president Jonathan Glickman added, “It has been 16 years since ‘Die Another Day’ was distributed by MGM and it’s incredibly gratifying to be releasing this film alongside the powerhouse team at Universal.”
“Universal is extremely proud to collaborate with Michael, Barbara and MGM on the international marketing and distribution of ‘Bond 25,’” said chairman of Universal Pictures Donna Langley. “The unparalleled combination of Danny’s innovative filmmaking and Daniel’s embodiment of 007 ensured we simply had to be partners in the next chapter of this iconic series.”
Bond 25, still without a title, is a year and a half away. Look for lots more on this 007 adventure when it becomes known to us. Boyle also has his musical comedy with Richard Curtis to finish, but once he does, he’s likely diving in to Bond. 2019 is going to be a hell of a year for the director.