Next James Bond Movie's New Director Confirmed

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The 25th James Bond movie will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga

Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig said the still-untitled Bond 25 will start filming at London's Pinewood Studios on March 4, and will be released on February 14, 2020.

His Beasts of No Nations and work on True Detective was extremely well received and Netflix's Maniac looks great too, but as we've seen time and again indy directors can get overwhelmed when handed the reigns of a big budget movie. Bond 25 will be, for better or worse (but definitely not indifferent) a Cary Joji Fukunaga joint.

The official James Bond Twitter account revealed the American director will tackle the upcoming, now untitled spy flick on Thursday. Cary Joji Fukunaga has taken over as the director of the film, and filming under the new helmer will begin in March 2019. Boyle had left the untitled project in August along with screenwriter John Hodge following "creative differences" with Eon Productions. I'll be watching his new Netflix show (starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill) with even more interest.

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It was reported that there was a shortlist of 3 candidates to replace Boyle, those being Bart Layton (American Animals), S.J. Clarkson (Star Trek 4) and Yan Damage (White Boy Rick), who was reportedly the number one contender to land the gig.

The release date is a shift from tradition, with Bond movies usually released in November or December, however, due to Boyle's unexpected exit, clearly something had to give in terms of scheduling, with a November 2019 release looking increasingly unlikely.

Bond's producers added that Fukunaga was an "excellent choice" and they were "delighted" to be working with him. Talking about him, Cary is known for directing 2009's Sin Nombre and 2011's Jane Eyre.

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