Bond 25 directorial hopeful Danny Boyle could still be in the running, despite his attachment to a musical comedy.
The recently rumored buzz that connected director Danny Boyle to the developing 25thJames Bond film appeared ready to live and let die. That’s because Boyle, the prolific, genre-jumping, visionary of Trainspotting, The Beach, Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later and 127 Hours fame, signed up with Universal to direct a musical comedy. However, despite his attachment to the musical, Boyle now confirms that he is, indeed, still in the shaken-not-stirred running for the Bond 25 gig.
Earlier in March, it was presumed that Danny Boyle’s Bond brass ring opportunity had passed, since he was confirmed to team with screenwriter Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral) for a “music themed comedy” movie set against the time backdrop of the 1960s or 1970s, which was subsequently revealed as All You Need is Love, a musical based on the epochal 1967 song by The Beatles. However, a tweet from a London-based Daily Mail reporter claimed that Boyle intended to tackle Bond 25 after the musical wraps “late this year,” pending the approval of a screenplay by (repertory Boyle collaborator) John Hodge.
While the tweeted claim had us clinging tightly to our grain of salt, the latest comments by Boyle himself, in an interview with Metro, appear to back its veracity. Indeed, Boyle, while still somewhat non-committal, reaffirms his involvement with Bond 25, explaining:
“We are working on a script right now. And it all depends on that really. 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.”
Boyle also confirms the narrative that his Bond 25 directorial prospects depend solely on the studio’s reception to what his screenwriting collaborator, John Hodge, submits, stating:
“We’ve got an idea, John Hodge, the screenwriter, and I have got this idea, and John is writing it at the moment. And it all depends on how it turns out. It would be foolish of me to give any of it away.”
So… that’s where the Danny Boyle/Bond drama currently rests. While the idea of Boyle tackling Bond 25 later this year is hardly impossible, his latest comments confirm that it would be a tight schedule, since it depends on a smooth tenure with All You Need is Love. Of course, Boyle happens to be juggling other projects such as the March 25-scheduled FX Getty kidnapping TV drama, Trust. Thus, the embattled search for the Bond franchise’s next shaken-not-stirred cinematic skipper continues to be fodder for the news cycle, especially with the spotlight recently shifting away from the previously-rumored Christopher Nolan to Boyle.
Universal’s musical comedy – revealed as All You Need is Love – will be Boyle’s next movie, according to THR, which, in the very least, would still put the production of Bond 25 into a bind if Boyle is MGM’s director of choice. That’s because Bond 25 is currently penciled in for a November 8, 2019 release date, which would make for an untenably tight shoot, even if – as Boyle claims – production commences “right at the end of the year.”
Consequently, the Bond 25 director search is still up in the air. However, even if Boyle doesn’t take the gig, that may not be a hopeless place, since last summer, it was reported that the directorial candidates had been narrowed down to Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival), Yann Demange (Top Boy, Criminal Justice) and David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water, Starred Up). With Villeneuve recently confirming that he passed on the gig, a prospective Boyle bow-out could still prove fortuitous for the latter two.
The untitled Bond 25, which will see Daniel Craig return to don another tux, is currently scheduled to be released on November 8, 2019. However, expect that to change in the near future.
This article was originally published on March 1, 2018 and updated with new information.