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
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.”
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.
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.
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.