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Director Danny Boyle bows out of James Bond 25 over creative differences

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Aug 21, 2018, 1:30 PM EDT

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (28 Days, Later, Sunshine) will no longer be putting his spin on Ian Fleming's espionage universe.

The filmmaker has exited the 25th James Bond movie over creative differences, announced star Daniel Craig and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli via Twitter Tuesday.

"Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25," reads the tweet from the official 007 account. 

It is unclear on how Boyle's departure will affect the movie's U.S. theatrical release of Nov. 8, 2019. The U.K. release is even earlier, on Oct. 25, 2019. Production at the legendary Pinewood Studios was slated to start in early December, but now Eon Productions needs to find a replacement director. Will they find one in time or push off the film?

With jam-packed Hollywood schedules being what they are, it'd be a right pain the posterior to try and bring together all the high-profile actors at a future date. Perhaps Sam Mendes, with two Bond projects already under his belt (Skyfall and Spectre), can be persauded to come back for one more spy-fi rodeo. 

Daniel Craig is set to return to the titular role in what will be his final outing as the MI6 agent with a license to kill. While only rumored at this point, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, and Ralph Fiennes may likely reprise their roles of Tanner, Q, Moneypenny, and M respectively. And since classic Bond villain, Blofeld (Christoph Waltz), appeared in the last film, he could be returning as this sequel's big bag. 

According to IMDB, Boyle has a writing credit on the script, along with his Trainspotting partner John Hodge.