Cary Fukunaga to direct next James Bond film for release in 2020

Brenda Watkins
September 20, 2018

Following on from Danny Boyle's departure due to creative differences, Eon has now announced that True Detective helmer Cary Fukunaga is set to direct Bond 25. Bond 25 will be, for better or worse (but definitely not indifferent) a Cary Joji Fukunaga joint. Secondly, the release date will make Bond 25 the first series entry since Licence to Kill not to be released in the fall (as that movie dropped in summer 1989).

Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig said the still-untitled Bond 25 will start filming at London's Pinewood Studios on March 4, and will be released on February 14, 2020. By far the most interesting of the other names being kicked around, it looks like Bond 25 might be back on track to give the series a much needed freshening-up before Daniel Craig bows out.

"We are delighted to be working with Cary", announced producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who are probably losing hair at this point over this meandering sequel.

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Fukunaga's films include the 2015 war drama Beasts of No Nation, which he not only directed, but also wrote, produced and oversaw cinematography. Long-time Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are writing the script (after Boyle took his Trainspotting scribe, John Hodge, with him, along with whatever his new idea for the film was) with no word yet on plot details, casting or filming locations.

Obviously, there are a couple interesting bits of trivia here, the largest being Fukunaga becoming the first American to deliver a Bond picture (discounting the off-brand 1967 Casino Royale or Never Say Never Again). At least that's your Valentine's Day date sorted for that year.

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