Danny Boyle will no longer be taking the helm of the next 007 film, as it’s announced that the director has pulled out due to “creative differences.”
The announcement was made on Tuesday via the official James Bond Twitter account, which revealed Boyle had decided to exit the project.
Boyle, a self-confessed Bond fan, was set to direct the 25th edition of the popular spy franchise, with production scheduled to start in early December. Boyle had previously used “Bond” actor Daniel Craig in the opening of the 2012 London Olympics, which the filmmaker directed.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Boyle was working on a script for the next Bond written by his “Trainspotting” collaborator John Hodge, after a previous script by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade was scrapped. Purvis and Wade were the team behind “Casino Royale”, “Quantum of Solace”, “Skyfall” and “Spectre”. It is not yet clear if Hodge is still involved with the movie.
THR is now reporting “Bond 25” will miss its Nov. 8, 2019 release date because of Boyle’s exit and may not be out in theatres until late 2020.
It was confirmed that Boyle would be directing “Bond 25” back in May, and at the time, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, of EON Productions, said “We are delighted to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as James Bond in the 25th instalment of the franchise.”
There is currently no news on who will be replacing the Academy Award-winning director.
“Bond 25” is set to open on Oct. 25, 2019, in the UK and in North America two weeks later.