Cary Joji Fukunaga to direct James Bond 25

Following the departure of previously attached helmer Danny Boyle last month, EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios have announced his replacement. Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the 25th James Bond film, which will now be released on the big screen February 14, 2020. Production is slated to begin at Pinewood Studios on March 4, 2019.

“We are delighted to be working with Cary,” said producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli in a statement released this morning. “His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”

Fukunaga’s previous cinematic work includes the features “Sin Nombre,” “Jane Eyre” and “Beasts of No Nation”. He also directed all eight episodes in the first season of HBO‘s “True Detective”.

Bond 25 was previously said to feature an original screenplay by John Hodge, the scribe behind Boyle’s “Trainspotting”. There is no word yet on whether or not another writer is also being brought aboard.

The 25th Bond film is expected to be star Daniel Craig’s final appearance as Ian Fleming’s 007. He debuted in 2006’s “Casino Royale,” directed by Martin Campbell, and subsequently headlined Marc Forster’s “Quantum of Solace” in 2008 as well as two Sam Mendes helmed entries, “Skyfall” in 2012 and “SPECTRE” in 2015.

An EON Production with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, the next James Bond film will be distributed domestically through Annapurna Pictures with Universal Pictures handling the international side.

Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.


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