James Bond 25: True Detectives Cary Fukunaga named as director

James Bond 25: True Detective\s Cary Fukunaga named as director

The 25th James Bond movie will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga

London (CNN)Cary Joji Fukunaga has been given a license to thrill. The director of the highly acclaimed first series of HBOs “True Detective” was revealed as the director of the next James Bond movie Thursday.

IGN News / 20 Sep 2018 2:06 AM PDT Bond 25: New Director and Release Date Announced Share. New handler. By Joe Skrebels Cary Joji Fukunaga, director of the entirety of True Detective Season 1, will now take the reins on the 25th Bond film, which will now be released on 14 February, 2020.

Bond 25: New Director and Release Date Announced

Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig announced today that #Bond25 will begin filming at Pinewood Studios on 4 March 2019 under the helm of director, Cary Joji Fukunaga with a worldwide release date of 14 February 2020. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/Oyzt826sXd

It was expected that 007 would lose its 2019 release date, and the producers have confirmed that. Craig committed to make the whodunit Knives Out with Looper director Rian Johnson in November, expecting to return his attention to the Bond franchise right after that. Media Rights Capital won an auction at the start of the Toronto International Film Festival for world rights on that film, and sources said MRC paid upwards of $50 million for the privilege. MRC will now look to set its own distribution deals on that film, with Universal a likely participant in that film as well.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli issued a statement saying: We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”

The 2020 film will be Craigs fifth turn as Bond after he succeeded Pierce Brosnan in 2006s soft-reboot of the franchise, Casino Royale. The actor had previously said that hed rather…slash [his] wrists than return for a fifth movie, and that if he did so, it would only be for the money. He later walked back those comments.

True Detectives Fukunaga set to helm 25th Bond film

Trainspotting director Danny Boyle quit the project last month, reportedly over a dispute about the films villain. Edgar Wright and S.J. Clarkson were both mooted for the position.

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Veteran Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have now been attached to write the screenplay following Boyles departure.

Cary Fukunaga is an exciting hire because he has brought grit and style to his previous projects, and demonstrates a storytelling skillset that should fit the James Bond franchise like a custom-designed suit. Anyone who watched his entire first season of HBOs True Detective knows that he can coach incredible performances out of damaged actors, so theres a strong chance he will push Daniel Craig in ways that Sam Mendes did for Skyfall — but not for Spectre. And then there was that BRILLIANT single-cam shot in True Detective that still has us gawking, wondering how Fukunaga and his team pulled this off.

Daniel Craig will definitely reprise the role of Bond, but Wonder Woman actor Saïd Taghmaoui, who was cast as the films original villain, is less of a certainty.

Cary Fukunaga steps into a director seat that most recently was occupied by Danny Boyle, yet another exciting hire that promised to take the James Bond franchise to new heights — and in new directions. There was word that Boyle wanted to tell a standalone Bond story (still structured around Daniel Craig) that wouldnt look to continue any of the narrative presented in Spectre, the way that all four Craig Bond movies — Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre — seemed to be telling chapters of the same story. Now, though, the storyline goes back to being a mystery.

Aside from True Detectives breakout first season, Fukunaga has previously directed Beasts of No Nation and Netflixs Maniac, and was screenwriter for The Alienist and the infamously unused script for the It remake.

Cary Fukunaga is a genius choice. Nobody saw it coming. I certainly didnt (I mostly had my eyes covered and my ears blocked while repeatedly chanting, Anyone but Christopher Nolan! Anyone but Christopher Nolan!). The 41-year-old Fukunaga, a former snowboarder turned director, has an instinctive gift for delivering action movies with emotional heft (and the best Bond movies, such as Daniel Craigs Casino Royale or Sean Connerys From Russia with Love offer something…

Joe Skrebels is IGNs UK News Editor, and he looks forward to Fukunagas rendering of Bond in a a deep ontological crisis. Follow him on Twitter.

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