Report: Sunshine director Danny Boyle says he is helming Bond 25, which shoots this year

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Mar 15, 2018, 12:39 PM EDT (Updated)

The next James Bond movie has potentially found its director in Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Sunshine), says a report from Metro US. While at a screening for his new FX show Trust, the English filmmaker reportedly revealed that he will be helming Bond 25, whose script is being written by his longtime collaborator John Hodge (Trainspotting, T2 Trainspotting).

He said the start date for principal photography depends on how long it takes for the screenplay to be finished. After all, Boyle's appointment to the post hinged on Hodge this entire time. SYFY WIRE reached out to Boyle, as well as the studio, for confirmation, but MGM declined to comment at this time. 

"I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in 6 or 7 weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now.” Curtis is known for his romantic comedies like Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Love Actually. In terms of any plot teasers, Boyle was wisely reticent. "It would be foolish of me to give any of it away,” he said.

Boyle picked up the Best Director Oscar at the 81st Academy Awards in 2008 for Slumdog Millionaire, which won eight awards in total. Simon Beaufoy, who won Best Adapted Screenplay that night, also had some input on Bond 25, voicing his opinion on how hard it will be for Hodge to top the last 50+ years of the character's cinematic history. 

“I think it’s really hard to get involved in something that’s so established," Beaufoy said. "It’s very hard to express yourself within that. You have to be very strong and faithful to all the films that have come before.” Nevertheless, he has absolute faith in the respective writing and directing abilities of Hodge and Boyle. “It is really hard to do anything new as a writer. As a director I’m not sure that’s quite true. I can see Danny punching a few holes in the way that those Bond films are made. It will be really exciting.”

The previous two Bond films were directed by Sam Mendes. Spectre was released in 2015 and became the sixth-highest-grossing movie of that year, with nearly $900 million. While not as acclaimed as its predecessor Skyfall (2012), it still received positive reviews from critics, who liked the action and spectacle but not the obvious throwbacks to established and overused Bond tropes. Even though Daniel Craig said he'd rather "slit his wrists" than do another Bond project, he confirmed in August that he'd be returning for what is probably his final performance as 007.

Some thought that Christopher Nolan would enter the franchise, but the Dunkirk director soon quashed those rumors

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