Following Danny Boyle jumping the James Bond ship over “creative differences”, Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga has stepped in to take over the reins.
Cary Fukunaga, the director of the award-winning Beasts of No Nation, will direct James Bond 25 following Danny Boyle’s departure. The American director, who executive produced and directed the brilliant HBO series True Detective, was James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli’s choice due to his “versatility and innovation”.
When they say “versatility” I wonder if they mean “compliance” or willingness to take creative direction from heavy-handed producers? You get the feeling Boyle’s reasons for departing James Bond 25 were due to conflict between his approach and what the producers wanted to see on screen. Fukunaga maybe “versatile” but he also has history of leaving a project over the variously encompassing “creative difference”.
Fukunaga’s appointment as the director of the latest James Bond movie is a surprise to the bookmakers who didn’t consider the Maniac filmmaker as one of the leading contenders for the role. They had 71 director Yann Demange odds-on favourite followed by Spectre director Sam Mendes and Arrival director Denis Villeneuve.
We can now expect a very different James Bond to the one Danny Boyle was going to make. Based on Fukunaga’s track record, James Bond 25 would likely be more in line with the work of Sam Mendes’s Spectre and Skyfall. Under Boyle’s direction we might have expected something more flamboyant along the lines of Roger Spottiswoode’s Tomorrow Never Dies or Marc Foster’s stylised Quantum of Solace. If that’s the case, perhaps Fukunaga’s appointment is a blessing in disguise.
Filming is set to take place in March next year with a February 14, 2020 release.