In the wake of Danny Boyle’s departure from Bond 25 due to creative differences, a shortlist has surfaced online featuring four directors who are through to top Eon and MGM’s wishlist for Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007.
According to Deadline, both Yann Demange (’71) and David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) are in contention, having appeared on a shortlist last year with Blade Runner 2049 helmer Denis Villeneuve (Demange was quickly installed as the bookmakers’ favourite following Boyle’s exit).
In addition, it is also said that Jean-Marc Vallee (Big Little Lies) and Edgar Wright (Baby Driver) are being considered, although Vallee may be unavailable due to scheduling conflicts. Fan favourite filmmaker Edgar Wright though would reportedly “love” to make a James Bond film, and could emerge as the surprise choice.
Meanwhile, following on from yesterday’s news that Bond 25 is unlikely to meet its late 2019 release date, Deadline claims that the film has not yet given up its date, and may still aim for that if a new director can be found within the next 60 days.
That would seem ambitious however, as the new filmmaker is sure to want to put their mark on the story, and Variety is claiming that the search is also underway for a new screenwriter, suggesting that a major rewrite – or even a brand new script entirely – could be on the cards.
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