“Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences, Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25,” the 007 Twitter account posted on Tuesday.
MGM is releasing domestically through their joint venture with Annapurna Pictures and had dated the film for Nov. 8, 2019, with Universal handling international rights. It is unknown whether Boyle’s exit will have any effect on the release date or production, which was expected to begin in December. Universal was set to release the film in the U.K. on Oct 25, 2019.
Sources tell Variety that Eon and Boyle were in the early stages of casting the new Bond girl and villain prior to the December production start. Producers will now act quickly to find Boyle’s replacement.
Prior to Boyle’s hiring, David Mackenzie, Denis Villeneuve, and “White Boy Rick” helmer Yann Demange were in contention for the job.
Variety first reported that Boyle was high on MGM’s list to direct the pic. He had long been in MGM and Eon’s sights to board a James Bond movie, dating back to 2012’s “Skyfall” and 2015’s “Spectre.”
Sam Mendes directed the previous two installments, which became the highest-grossing movies in the series, with “Skyfall” hauling $1.1 billion globally and “Spectre” earning $880.7 million at the worldwide box office. Mendes said after the most recent Bond movie, he would not continue directing films in the 007 series.