While the mystery of who will play James Bond in his next adventure has finally been settled (welcome back, Daniel Craig), the latest slot that needed filling on the film was the director's chair. Now, it appears that Danny Boyle has officially confirmed that he's the one who will take the high-profile gig.
Boyle's name had been floating around for months as a possible heir to recent Bond helmer Sam Mendes ("Skyfall," "Spectre"), but his involvement was only a rumor. That changed when Boyle spoke to Metro this week about Bond 25.
"We are working on a script right now," the director told Metro. "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 6 or 7 weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now."
That Richard Curtis project that Boyle is referring to is a mysterious "music-themed comedy," the details of which are being kept under wraps for now. While some speculated that that flick -- which Boyle is directing and Curtis ("Love Actually," "Notting Hill") is writing -- would conflict too much with Bond 25 for Boyle to work on both, it looks like the director has a plan in place to fit each into his schedule.
Still, Boyle's comments are a bit cautious. He told Metro that he was working with screenwriter John Hodge on a previous idea that the pair had hatched, and that "it all depends on how it turns out."
Hmm. Does that mean that he won't direct if he's dissatisfied with Hodge's script? It certainly sounds like he's hedging his bets, in case he decides to bail on the flick.
Whatever his plans are, Boyle remained fairly tight-lipped about the project.
"John is writing it at the moment," the director told Metro. " ... It would be foolish of me to give any of it away."
Stay tuned. Bond 25 is currently slated to hit theaters sometime in November 2019.
A cryptic message from the past leads James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organization SPECTRE. Needing the help of the daughter of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to find her. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy (Christoph Waltz) he seeks. Read More