Even if Daniel Craig isn't officially signed yet, someone has to eventually direct the new James Bond movie.
Sam Mendes, who was behind the camera for 2012's Skyfall and 2015's Spectre, isn't coming back, so in addition to securing their leading man and finding a new distributor, franchise co-owners Eon Productions are also on the hunt for a new director. The first name to surface, according to Indiewire, is Paul McGuigan.
Hailing from Scotland, McGuigan has worked in both TV and film. He's directed a number of Sherlock episodes for the BBC and helmed two segments of Luke Cage in its inaugural season on Netflix. His film work includes the crime thriller Lucky Number Slevin and Victor Frankenstein, which unfortunately was a disaster starring James McAvoy in the title role and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor in a misguided bromantic take on that classic tale.
Apparently McGuigan has directed an indie film for Eon called Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, and Eon head Barbara Broccoli is supposedly so pleased with his work on the picture that it's led to him getting a crack at 007.
Now, while the Bond films have previously utilized arthouse directors like Mendes, Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) or Michael Apted (The World is Not Enough), the series has tended to lean toward journeyman types who can follow the producers' directives and get the job done efficiently. McGuigan fits that bill.
Even as they search for a director, Eon is also weighing offers from five Hollywood studios to distribute Bond 25, since Sony's deal with Eon expired after Spectre. That studio is still in the running, along with Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox and well-financed upstart Annapurna. And of course there's the matter of Bond himself: while it seems as if Daniel Craig may be returning after all for a fifth and final turn, his involvement is still not a done deal.
Whatever happens, however, it seems that Bond 25 is in motion. What do you think of the possible choice of director?