‘True Detective’ Season 1 Director Signs On To Helm ‘Bond 25’

Bond 25— the tentative working title for the upcoming 25th film in the never-ending James Bond franchise — has been an undoubted production nightmare ever since its inception.

Following the release of Spectre — the 24th film in the franchise back in 2015, Daniel Craig, the star of the franchise, said that he would rather “slash his wrists” than play James Bond. Little extreme, sure, but Craig said it all the same.

However, Craig eventually came around (being offered $150 million to play Bond two more times might have helped) and Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle signed on to helm the project and everything seemed to be on the up and up.

But only for so long.

Back in August, Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs, 127 Hours) left the project due to reported creative differences. While Craig remained attached to the project, it was yet another blow to the long-gestating film that seemed destined for development hell.

Luckily, after about a month of searching, Bond 25 has found it’s new director: True Detective veteran Cary Joji Fukunaga.

via Twitter:

“Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig announced today that #Bond25 will begin filming at Pinewood Studios on 4 March 2019 under the helm of director, Cary Joji Fukunaga with a worldwide release date of 14 February 2020. We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”

Fukunaga is best known for his directing True Detective season one, Beasts Of No Nation, and the upcoming Netflix series Maniac.

Bond 25 is set to be released in theaters on February 14, 2020 –five years after the release of the previous film in the franchise, Spectre.

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