James Bond: Carey Fukunaga to direct next James Bond film

Danny Woods
September 20, 2018

Cary Fukunaga's Maniac limited series also drops on Netflix on Friday, and that mind-bending project arrives amid critical acclaim, so Bond fans can breathe easy (although they probably would already, due to Fukunaga's proven capabilities).

The Daniel Craig-starring film will be released on February 14, 2020.

Boyle allegedly refused to kill James Bond off, as he reportedly fought against Daniel Craig and Barbara Broccoli's plans for Bond to die "in dramatic fashion" at the end of the next movie.

"We are delighted to be working with Cary", announced producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who are probably losing hair at this point over this meandering sequel. This shifts Bond back four months from its previous launch date of October 25, and takes the 007 installment out of its traditional winter slot.

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The film will serve as Craig's final outing as the iconic British spy, following massive critical and commercial success with Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.

The film was previously set for release in November 2019, but was delayed following Boyle's departure.

Boyle's wish to cast Polish actor Tomasz Kot, 41, as the film's main Russian villain may have been one of the creative differences, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Amongst names tipped to replace Boyle were Christopher McQuarrie, whose latest Mission: Impossible film won 007 comparisons, Arrival's Denis Villenueve, White Boy Rick's Yann Demange and David Mackenzie, the Scottish director of Hell or High Water.

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