Director Danny Boyle is reportedly the new front-runner to direct the next James Bond movie, according to Variety.
After securing Daniel Craig’s return as Agent 007, MGM and Eon Productions are now hoping to score a director for the upcoming “Bond 25”, which is scheduled for a November 2019 release.
The latest rumour, as reported by Variety, is that the studios want the “Slumdog Millionaire” filmmaker to take the helm. While no formal offer has been made, sources told the publication that Boyle is “high on the list” of potential directors.
Before the Boyle rumour, the top contenders had been Denis Villeneuve and “71” director Yann Demange. Villeneuve, who directed last year’s “Blade Runner 2049”, has previously talked about his affection for the Bond franchise but has a lot on his plate with upcoming plans to reboot “Cleopatra” and Frank Herbert’s “Dune”.
Meanwhile, Variety reports that while Demange has been a top choice for the job, MGM and Eon would prefer a “more well-known name.”
“The Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan also recently shot down rumours that he would be taking over the iconic spy thriller series.
“I won’t be the man,” Nolan said on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs this past weekend. “No, categorically… I think every time they hire a new director I’m rumoured to be doing it.”
That brings us back to Boyle and whether or not he would accept the role. The Oscar-winning filmmaker has been linked with Bond in the past and, though a fan of the movies, has always shown reluctance at getting involved.
“They’re [Bond movies] not really for me. The budgets are too big,” Boyle said in an interview with Collider in 2013. “I’m better working at a lower level of money really because I like that discipline of not having enough money to pull off whatever it is you want to pull off. So I wouldn’t be the best person to do those.”
Sam Mendes directed the last two instalments — “Skyfall” and “Spectre” — but confirmed he was stepping down in 2016, telling the press, “I think it’s time for somebody else.”