Danny Boyle has revealed the “creative differences” that forced him to quit Bond 25 were based around a script dispute after producers found the one he had been working on with collaborator John Hodge wasn’t a “route” they wanted to “go down”.
Danny Boyle says the “creative differences” that forced him to quit Bond 25 were based around a script dispute.
Boyle left the project just prior to production beginning in December last year after the script he had been working on with writing partner John Hodge didn’t find favour with producers.
In a reply to a reader question in Empire magazine, Boyle said he left the project rather than scrap the script and begin work with another collaborator.
“I work in partnership with writers and I am not prepared to break it up. We were working very, very well, but they didn’t want to go down that route with us. So we decided to part company.”
Boyle had been linked to the new James Bond film for months before confirming he would direct a screenplay written by Hodge, the writer of Boyle’s previous films, The Beach and T2: Trainspotting. But it was known he held reservations that he was capable of pulling off an action blockbuster.
While the director didn’t go into any more details, rumours have suggested the producers weren’t enamoured with the possibility of killing off the Daniel Craig 007, or Boyle’s eagerness to hire little-known Polish actor Tomasz Kot as the film’s chief villain.
He did add, however, that he felt the script was “really good” but “wasn’t finished”. “You have to believe in your process and part of that is the partnership I have with a writer.”
New writers, including Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Scott Z Burns, were hired to work on the screenplay with the production changes causing the film’s release to be pushed back from late 2019 to April 2020.