Danny Boyle is working on the next James Bond movie.
According to a report from Variety, Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) has confirmed that he will direct the untitled 25th James Bond movie. Boyle was one of MGM and Eon’s front-runners for the director’s chair before Sam Mendes took over for Skyfall and Spectre and he bring the same Oscar-winning pedigree as Mendes before him. He won a best directing Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire, but also has a writing nomination for his work on 127 Hours. It looks like John Hodge will be penning the script for Bond 25, a frequent collaborator with Danny Boyle (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary, The Beach, Trance, and T2 Trainspotting.). Here’s what Boyle had to say during a screening of his FX series “Trust”, courtesy of Variety:
“We are working on a script right now. And it all depends on that, really. I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in six or seven weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now.”
“We’ve got an idea, John Hodge — the screenwriter — and I have got this idea, and John is writing it at the moment. And it all depends on how it turns out. It would be foolish of me to give any of it away.”
I loved Skyfall. Besides being an entertaining movie, I felt it did its part to justify Bond and MI6 still being around today. When I saw Christoph Waltz was cast as Blofeld I was giddy about that film’s potential. Their choice to make Blofeld responsible for the events of all the prior movies, to have him and Bond basically grow up as brothers and to make the third act be a direct attack on Bond by Blofeld instead of him trying to prevent some major catastrophe I felt were all major missteps that weakened Blofeld as a villain and made Bond’s world feel much smaller. All that to say I’m happy to see new blood directing and writing for the James Bond franchise and the 25th installment brings something fresh to the series. I’m curious to see what he has up his sleeve for what may be Craig’s swan song as the character.
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