The next big screen outing for James Bond, more popularly referred to as Bond 25 to commemorate the twenty-fifth installment produced by EON Productions in the long-running franchise, may have finally found its wheels in the form of director Danny Boyle.
According to a new report from Variety earlier today, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) has finalized its wishlist for helming the project and Boyl currently sits at the top of the pile. However, no formal offer has so far been extended to the director.
Boyle is currently onboard for an unknown project for Universal Pictures but if the deal goes through, he will likely jump ship for the fictional 007 intelligence officer. This is because he has a “keen interest” in the project and has always wanted to direct a James Bond movie.
According to another report from The Hollywood Reporter earlier today, the previous top contenders to direct Bond 25 are no longer in consideration. This includes Denis Villeneuve, David Mackenzie, Christopher Nolan, and Yann Demange. Hence, the path is more or less wide open for Boyle.
Spectre (2015) was the last release in the series and debuted to lukewarm reviews. Sam Mendes, who directed it and Skyfall (2012), decided to part ways with the James Bond moniker after that to pursue other projects. Daniel Craig, the current James Bond, also remained undecided on reprising his role before confirming just a few months back that he will indeed be coming back.
Boyle has a long and impressive resume to show off his talents as a director. He first made waves with Trainspotting (1996) before helming a number of successful movies such as 28 Days Later (2012) and Sunshine (2007). He even won an Oscar in the “Best Director” category for Slumdog Millionaire (2008).
Bond 25 is currently slated to open in theaters on November 8, 2019.