James Bond: Carey Fukunaga to direct next James Bond film

Angelo Anderson
September 20, 2018

Fukunaga replaces Danny Boyle, who stepped down as the film's director in August.

United States filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the next James Bond movie, set for worldwide release on February 14, 2020, the franchise's producers said Thursday after British director Danny Boyle quit the project last month.

Fukunaga is best known for writing, directing and co-producing 2015 West African civil war film Beasts Of No Nation, which starred Elba - one of the actors spoken of to take over from current 007 star Daniel Craig in the future.

Female director SJ Clarkson, who has been signed up for the next Star Trek sequel, had joined Bart Layton and Yann Demange on a list of contenders for the job after Boyle quit.

"We are delighted to be working with Cary", said Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

Fukunaga was also in line to direct the recent adaptation of Stephen King's It, having worked extensively on its pre-production, though he exited before filming began.

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.

His latest project, Maniac, is a Netflix series starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone as participants in a mysterious pharmaceutical trial. With Boyle's version of the film set to work from a script by his long-time collaborator John Hodge, it emerged last week that regular Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade had re-joined the project to write a new version of the screenplay.

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