Cary Fukunaga to direct 'James Bond 25' which is set to release on Valentine's Day 2020
'True Detective' and 'Maniac's' Cary Joji Fukunaga has been named the director for the next James Bond franchise, with Daniel Craig reprising his role.
James Bond is no longer in limbo as it has a new boss. Today, Eon Productions and MGM announced the new director for Bond 25.
'True Detective' and 'Maniac's' Cary Joji Fukunaga has been named the director for the next 007 franchise, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as the man with the license to kill. Filming will begin on March 4, 2019, at Pinewood Studios ahead of a worldwide release date of February 14, 2020. It is not yet revealed if there will be a traditional earlier release in the UK. "We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure," said Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli in a statement.
This news ends various speculations as to who will take over after Boyle stepped down from the film due to "creative differences," according to Eon. Just earlier this month it was revealed that Bond 25 would be written by long-time 007 duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The duo had come up for a cure for the film just before Boyle and writing partner John Hodge (left shortly after Boyle did) came on board. It is still not confirmed as to who will be writing the movie.
James Bond 25: Cary Fukunaga named as new director https://t.co/EUjT5S5h9z— Guardian Film (@guardianfilm) September 20, 2018
It is also not known if 'Wonder Woman' star Said Taghmaoui is going to be the villain of Bond 25 after it was revealed that he had signed on to the movie before Boyle's exit. "I was cast by Danny Boyle, and just now he left the project, so of course there's some uncertainty," he explained. "We don't know who the director will be, and the producers don't know if they're going to go Russian or Middle East with the baddie right now. I literally just received a message saying, 'If they go Middle East, it's you. If they go Russian, it's someone else.'"
Sam Mendes directed the previous two installments of the 007 series, with 2012's 'Skyfall' earning a franchise-best $1.1 billion and 2015's 'Spectre', $880 million.