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Report: Bond 25 looking at 3 potential replacement directors

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Sep 5, 2018, 10:38 PM EDT (Updated)

The search for director Danny Boyle's replacement on the 25th James Bond movie appears to be very much on. 

A source, speaking anonymously to Variety, reports that producers have been moving fast to find a replacement director since Boyle left the project last month due to "creative differences." 

While this is by no means a final list of contenders, word is that MGM and Eon have been looking hard at three potential directors to take over. First up is Bart Layton, who wrote and directed the heist movie American Animals. Second is S.J. Clarkson, who in addition to her impressive record directing for TV, including Marvel's The Defenders and Jessica Jones, is in talks to possibly direct Star Trek 4. Rounding out the short-list is Yann Demange, whose latest project, White Boy Rick, is currently getting accolades on the festival circuit. 

If another director isn't brought in soon, the still-untitled movie is in real danger of losing its 2019 release date, (October in the U.K., and then a month later in the U.S.). At this point, production is slated to start in early December, but the film may have also lost its script, which was penned by Boyle and his Trainspotting co-writer John Hodge. 

Basically, if producers want to keep the latest Bond movie on track, they'll have to move quickly, especially if there's a script to re-work before production begins. Really, the only thing certain about James Bond at this point is that Idris Elba definitely will not be playing him anytime soon. 

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