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Director's Chair: Bond 25 circling Danny Boyle, Pinocchio lands Paddington 2 helmer, and D&D eyes its dungeon master

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Feb 20, 2018, 10:00 PM EST

We've already had a casting roundup today, so for our next water cooler combination of news, let's focus on those running movies rather than those starring in them.

According to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, two British directors are circling a couple of the most tenured names in the pop culture game. Respectively, Danny Boyle is on the top of the list of directors being considered for James Bond’s untitled 25th film, while Paul King has landed Disney’s live-action Pinocchio.

King, whose Paddington films have been widely praised feats of joy and snuggability, will put a little of that cynic-defying magic into the fairy-tale reimagining when it goes into production this fall.

Disney’s second animated film, about a puppet boy going on an adventure to become real, will now be one in a series of live-action remakes -- this one handled by King (taking over from Sam Mendes) and rewritten by Wonder’s Jack Thorne.

King is also set to remake yet another childhood classic, Willy Wonka, for Warner Bros. That’s a lot of nostalgia at stake.

But Bond 25 has perhaps even more nostalgia at stake. Director after director has bowed out from consideration, and now Boyle (28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire) has found himself the favorite of the 007 producers. No offer has yet been made, but Eon and MGM have long considered the Englishman a director they covet for their franchise.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit chimed in on the subject, noting that Boyle had some prior engagements on his schedule:

So we'll have to wait and see how this one plays out.

Finally, The Hollywood Reporter also confirmed that The LEGO Batman Movie's Chris McKay (who's also behind the upcoming Nightwing film) is in negotiations for a Dungeons & Dragons movie for Paramount. While there's not much information at this point, this film actually has something the two previously mentioned titles lack: a release date. D&D will be hitting theaters, if all goes according to plan, July 23, 2021.