Only three months after Danny Boyle was confirmed to take the helm on Bond 25, the T2 Trainspotting filmmaker has now left the production due to that good old chestnut, ‘creative differences’.
The surprise announcement came via the official James Bond twitter account last night stating;
“Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25”
This follows months of speculation of who would be the next in line to take over the reins on the Bond franchise, which initially didn’t have Craig confirmed to reprise his role of Bond. Boyle won the hearts of producers, Broccoli and Wilson after Boyle and co-writer, John Hodge spent months putting together their draft screenplay. Other front runners for the prestigious job included 71’s Yann Demange and Hell or High Water’s David Mackenzie after Christopher Nolan took himself out of the running. Could the door now be open to reconsidering these filmmakers?
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What the next steps are for the 25th instalment of the franchise is currently unclear, whether the producers want to start from scratch or carry on with Hodge’s script is anyone’s guess right now. With a scheduled end of the year production start, time is certainly not on their side for the November 2019 release.
Sam Mendes directed the previous two instalments, which became the highest-grossing films in the series, with “Skyfall” bringing in $1.1 billion globally and “Spectre” earning $880 million at the worldwide box office.