Although the next Bond movie is currently untitled, we do know that Daniel Craig will return as the legendary superspy. With the director’s chair currently empty after the departure of Sam Mendes from the series, MGM is looking for a new director. It has now been reported that the studio has Danny Boyle in its sights.
According to Variety, Boyle is high on the studio’s list of potential directors. Although no formal offer has been made to the fillmmaker, the sites notes that “he has keen interest in the project and has always wanted to direct a Bond film.” Boyle is best known for the likes of Slumdog Millionnaire, Trainspotting, Steve Jobs, and 127 Hours.
This news follows the confirmation earlier this week that another high-profile British director–Christopher Nolan–will not be directing the 25th Bond movie. Despite meeting with producers last year, Nolan stated: “I won’t be the man. No, categorically. I think every time they hire a new director I’m rumored to be doing it. They don’t particularly need me. But I’ve always been very inspired by the films and would love to do one someday.”
Mendes directed the previous two movies in the series–Skyfall and Spectre. In 2016 he announced that he would no longer be involved with the franchise. “It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it,” he said. “But I think it’s time for somebody else. At the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”
Bond 25 hits theaters on November 8, 2019. After some amount of uncertainty, Craig will play Bond for the fifth time, following on from Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre. Veteran Bond writers Robert Wade and Neil Purvis have been hired to work on the film.