Report: Danny Boyle's 007 bid depends on script with his Trainspotting partner

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Feb 22, 2018, 6:54 PM EST (Updated)

It was recently reported that Trainspotting’s Danny Boyle is at the top of the list for directors to take over on James Bond’s untitled 25th film. That list has apparently shaken loose the likes of Christopher Nolan and Sam Mendes, but Boyle has persevered.

Though Boyle’s currently slated to be doing another movie at the time, that could get pushed -- and Deadline has the details on why.

Apparently Boyle "had an idea for a very specific 007 movie" and his partner on Trainspotting, John Hodge, teamed up to "work out the beats of a 007 script" that will, thanks to Hodge, become a full screenplay. If Boyle is pleased with that version (and the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson agree), this will be the Bond film we’ll end up seeing.

However, if, in a few months, Hodge’s script flops at its debut to the bigwigs, they’ll dump Boyle as well and go back to the script they’re shopping now, which is from the old standbys: Skyfall, Spectre, and Casino Royale writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Which likely means more of the same.

Boyle has a history with star Daniel Craig, whom he directed in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremonies, when they reportedly hit it off. But that will be for naught if Boyle and the producers don't like Hodge's script. In that case, the actor will finish out his time as Bond with someone else, perhaps with one of the previously mentioned favorites Denis Villeneuve, Yann Demange, or David Mackenzie. Which, hey, wouldn’t be a bad thing. There just needs to be a decision made, considering Bond 25 has a Nov. 8, 2019, release date looming.