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How Daniel Craig Engineered A Smart ‘Bond 25’ Finale with Director Cary Fukunaga

How Daniel Craig Engineered A Smart ‘Bond 25’ Finale with Director Cary Fukunaga
What Daniel Craig wants, Daniel Craig gets. And what he wants is to make his own version of “From Russia with Love” (1963), arguably the best of the James Bond movies and Sean Connery’s favorite. And now, with the signing of Cary Fukunaga as director, it looks like Craig’s going to pull it off for his fifth and final outing as 007.

With the sudden departure of director Danny Boyle, “Bond 25” is now on track with only a three-month delay. Production begins March 4, 2019 in London, with MGM setting a February 14, 2020 release date. What a nice Valentine’s Day present.

It’s been a complicated journey to make “Bond 25,” beset by all sorts of unprecedented twists and turns for the longest-running movie franchise. Go-to Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade delivered a treatment to keep Bond relevant and to ensure Craig’s involvement. But then Boyle and his “Trainspotting
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Daniel Craig's Final James Bond Movie, 'Bond 25', Has Found Its Director At Last

British agent James Bond has made a habit out of saving the world, having done so numerous times over the past 56 years. But for a time it seemed like no one could save agent 007 himself in what had seemingly become a never-ending quest to find a director for what will be actor Daniel Craig's fifth and final turn in the role. That quest is finally at an end. Bond 25, which is the working title until an official one is given to it (probably early next year), will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who is best known for directing the critically acclaimed Netflix film Beasts of No Nation and season one of HBO's True Detective. A brief official statement was issued by producers Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, and Daniel Craig (the first for a Bond actor to be featured in that behind the scenes role). "We
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Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct New James Bond Film

Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct New James Bond Film
Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the new James Bond film, the producers announced Thursday. The 25th Bond installment will begin filming in London, at Pinewood Studios, on March 4, 2019, with a worldwide release on Feb. 14, 2020, a few months after its original target date.

Fukunaga, who won acclaim for 2015 war film “Beasts of No Nation,” replaces Danny Boyle, who exited the project last month over creative differences with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and returning star Daniel Craig.

“We are delighted to be working with Cary,” Broccoli and Wilson said on Twitter. “His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”

Fukunaga won an Emmy in 2014 for helming the entire first season (eight episodes) of “True Detective” and giving the crime series a cinematic look. More recently, he directed multiple episodes of Netflix’s “Maniac,” a new half-hour comedy show starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
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‘Bond 25’ Gets Cary Joji Fukunaga As New Director For 007 Daniel Craig

  • Deadline
‘Bond 25’ Gets Cary Joji Fukunaga As New Director For 007 Daniel Craig
Eon Productions and MGM have set Cary Joji Fukunaga as the new director who’ll mount James Bond 25 with Daniel Craig in the starring role. Filming will begin March for a worldwide release date of February 14, 2020. MGM will distribute domestically, and Universal releases the film in international territories, after it won a hotly contested auction last May.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and the studio met numerous helmers after Danny Boyle dropped out over creative differences, this after they sparked to the filmmaker’s concept and hired his Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge to write it. Sources said that it was a big creative swing, and they mutually decided it would be better to go back to the project they planned to make with venerable 007 scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

Fukunaga directed the critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation for Netflix.

The producers just confirmed Fukunaga’s hire.
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Longtime 007 Writers Are Getting James Bond 25 Back on Track

  • MovieWeb
Veteran 007 writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have circled back around to James Bond 25 The Bond producers are doing what they can to get the follow-up to Spectre back on track in the wake of director Danny Boyle's departure from the project. Boyle departed over creative differences and now, the search is on for a new filmmaker to tackle what will ultimately be Daniel Craig's final turn as the iconic MI6 spy. In the meantime, Purvis and Wade will be working on a new script.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have worked on every single movie in the franchise since 1999's The World is Not Enough. They were initially brought in to pen a draft of the screenplay while a director search was being held. Once Danny Boyle agreed to come on board, he brought along writer John Hodge (Trainspotting) to work on their own screenplay, which the producers agreed to.
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Bond 25: Inside the Search for Danny Boyle’s Replacement (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Bond 25: Inside the Search for Danny Boyle’s Replacement (Exclusive)
With the clock ticking on finding a replacement for director Danny Boyle before the 25th James Bond movie loses its release date, producers are moving fast to set meetings with prospective candidates.

Though sources stress that more meetings could be taken, MGM and Eon are showing interest in two new targets: “American Animals” helmer Bart Layton and S.J. Clarkson, who was recently tapped to direct the next “Star Trek” installment. Insiders also say “White Boy Rick” director Yann Demange, who was considered a strong contender before MGM and Eon eventually went to Boyle, is back in contention for the job.

Sit-down meetings are still being worked out for Layton and Clarkson, and the timetable for the meetings is currently unclear. The producers’ first meeting with Demange went well enough to land him high on the list of contenders, but at the time, “White Boy Rick” was unfinished and they were unable to see the movie.
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Manchester United Icon Alex Ferguson Subject Of Movie From ‘Trainspotting’, ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ Producers

  • Deadline
Manchester United’s iconic former leader Alex Ferguson will not be outdone by ‘noisy neighbors’ Manchester City, the subject of Amazon’s All Or Nothing documentary.

Trainspotting and Ex Machina producer DNA Films and doc specialists Passion Pictures (Searching For Sugar Man) are teaming up to make an untitled feature length documentary on Ferguson, one of the greatest sports managers of them all.

The documentary will be directed by Ferguson’s son, Jason Ferguson, who will make his feature directorial debut with the project. He has been in development on the film for two years.

With exclusive and unrestricted access to Ferguson, his family and closest friends, the film will chart the manager’s early years growing up in the working-class shipbuilding district of Govan in Glasgow, via the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ at Old Trafford where he achieved unparalleled success on the football pitch, to the ICU ward at Salford
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'Trainspotting' Producers Plotting Doc on Manchester United Icon Alex Ferguson

'Trainspotting' Producers Plotting Doc on Manchester United Icon Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson, the former Manchester United manager and one of the most successful and well-known figures in the history of soccer, is getting the documentary treatment. 

DNA Films, the multi-award-winning banner behind the likes of Trainspotting, The Last King of Scotland and Ex Machina, is teaming with documentary specialists Passion Pictures, which picked up Oscars for One Day in September and Searching for Sugar Man, on the as-yet-untitled film. The doc is set to be directed by Alex Ferguson's son, Jason Ferguson. The news was announced Tuesday by producers Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich, for DNA, and John Battsek, for Passion ...
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Week in Review: Agent Accused of ‘Pure Exploitation’ + More Industry News

Hello, and welcome back to our roundup of industry-wide news. From stage to screens big and small, we’ve got you covered. It’s everything you need to know and all you can’t afford to miss. Danny Boyle has left the creative team for Bond 25.The shocking departure of director Danny Boyle from Bond 25 has thrown the UK’s most recognisable film franchise into chaos, according to insiders. Producers confirmed Boyle exited the production early last week, just 14 weeks before principal photography was set to begin. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed rumours that the film will now miss its scheduled release date of autumn 2019 and that “major logistical reorganisation” is required, including abandoning the existing script by Boyle and longtime collaborator John Hodge. Speculation that star Daniel Craig will be the next to walk away has been fuelled by stories of “creative differences” between Craig, producers and Boyle over the script and casting choices.
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James Bond 25 Delayed as New Director Search Continues?

James Bond 25 Delayed as New Director Search Continues?
The increasingly complex road to James Bond 25 just got a little more bumpy. Director Danny Boyle recently exited the project after running into creative differences with producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, as well as star Daniel Craig, who has a good deal of creative control on the upcoming entry in the franchise. He's also said to be getting a payday in the neighborhood of $25 million for his services. Now, the search for a new director is on, but that will likely mean production is going to be delayed, ultimately resulting in a new release date.

Before Danny Boyle bailed, production was scheduled to begin in December on the follow-up to 2015's Spectre. Unfortunately, according to a new report, the producers are now looking for a new writer or writer/director to board the project, which means that a serious rewrite, or possibly an entirely new script is going to be commissioned.
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‘Bond 25’ May Miss Its Targeted Release Date as Production Starts from Square One

When Danny Boyle exited MGM and Eon's Bond 25, it didn't just stir up the production process, it might have shaken up the release date schedule, too. Boyle wasn't just set to direct the picture, which was aiming to start rolling cameras on December 8th for a November 8, 2019 release, he was also a co-writer alongside Oscar-nominated screenwriting partner John Hodge (Trainspotting). Producers Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson, and producer/star Daniel Craig recently parted with Boyle and Hodge over creative differences, suggesting that neither the latest script, nor the previous one turned in …
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Bond 25: With Danny Boyle’s Exit, the Latest 007 Could Miss Its Release Date

  • Variety
The next James Bond movie didn’t just lose a director when Danny Boyle left over creative differences. It may have also forfeited a release date.

Word around town is that it’s back to the drawing board for the creators of the new 007 adventure after Boyle and his co-writer, John Hodge, delivered a draft of the script that didn’t meet the approval of producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, as well as star Daniel Craig. After Boyle exited, MGM and Eon, the film’s backers, sent out the word that they are looking for a writer or a writer-director to come on to the film, according to insiders.

The companies are not simply eyeing a director for hire, which signals that a major rewrite will have to be undertaken. It is also telling that the producers seem more eager to find a screenwriter than a person willing to slide behind the camera.
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Here’s The Real Reason Danny Boyle Departed Bond 25

For years, James Bond über-producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have been keepers of the 007 flame, quietly guiding each new installment to box office glory… save for Quantum of Solace.

It’s part of the reason why Christopher Nolan will never helm a Bond movie while Wilson and Broccoli are still in charge – unless they sell the IP to a major Hollywood studio like, say, Warner Bros., then the likes of Nolan will never enjoy full creative control.

And that seems to have been the sticking point between Danny Boyle and the Powers That Be, after the Trainspotting filmmaker was relieved of his Bond 25 directing duties due to “creative differences” with the studio.

It’s an excuse we’ve heard 10 times before, but at least according to The Telegraph, the real reason Boyle walked away was due to a dispute over the film’s Russian villain.

Things reportedly
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‘Bond 25’ Star Daniel Craig Should Take Over from Exiting Danny Boyle

‘Bond 25’ Star Daniel Craig Should Take Over from Exiting Danny Boyle
With the sudden departure of director Danny Boyle from “Bond 25” over “creative differences” with franchise producers Barbara Broccoli, Michael Wilson, and star/co-producer Daniel Craig, what happens now? (Update: The Telegraph reported that the split was due to Craig’s objection to Boyle’s casting of Tomasz Kot from “Cold War” as the Russian baddie in the modern-day Cold War plot.)

Keep in mind that production was scheduled to start in December, with a domestic release date of November 8, 2019 (through MGM). That doesn’t leave much time to find a replacement director, with two UK rising action directors, Yann Demange and David McKenzie, as the top contenders. The betting money, by the way, is on quirky and well-respected Brit Demange.

Complicating matters, though, is the fact that Boyle brought his own radical twist to the table, working closely with his chum and long-time collaborator, “Trainspotting” series scribe John Hodge,
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Director Danny Boyle Exits 25th James Bond Film

Director Danny Boyle Exits 25th James Bond Film
Less than three months after Danny Boyle was hired to direct the 25th film in the James Bond franchise, 007 producers announced Tuesday that the Oscar-winning filmmaker had parted ways with the production.

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 film franchise’s website said in a terse statement. No other details regarding Boyle’s exit were announced, nor was a replacement announced.

It’s also unclear whether Boyle’s departure will
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Danny Boyle's exit from James Bond throws franchise into chaos

Director’s departure over ‘creative differences’ expected to delay production, and could even lead to loss of star Daniel Craig

The immediate future of the James Bond franchise is in chaos after the sudden departure of the director Danny Boyle.

Three months before shooting on the as-yet-untitled film was scheduled to start, the Oscar-winning film-maker behind Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting quit, leaving producers scrambling.
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Danny Boyle Exits Directing Next James Bond Film

  • CinemaRetro
By Lee Pfeiffer

In a shock announcement, the James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and star Daniel Craig have announced that Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle has exited the new, as yet untitled, 007 production. Much fanfare was attached to the original announcement that Boyle, who previously directed "Trainspotting" and "Slumdog Millionaire", would follow in the footsteps of another Oscar winning director, Sam Mendes, who had helmed the two previous blockbuster Bond films, "Skyfall" and "Spectre". The reason cited for Boyle's departure is the old show biz catch phrase: "creative differences". It is not known whether the screenwriter that Boyle brought on board, John Hodge, will stay with the production. Hodge has replaced longtime Bond movie scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who had already completed a screenplay that was shelved when Boyle and Hodge came aboard. Filming is set to begin in December at Pinewood Studios, London. The
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Danny Boyle is No Longer Directing Bond 25

It looks like Bond 25 is going to have to find a new director because Danny Boyle has decided to drop out of the director's chair. The official announcement came from the official Twitter account saying that he left due to creative differences:

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. pic.twitter.com/0Thl116eAd

James Bond (@007) August 21, 2018

I was actually looking forward to seeing what Danny Boyle would do with the James Bond franchise! I assumed he was going to do something a little different than what has been done before and obviously, the producers weren't ready for what he was looking to bring to the franchise. That's kind of a shame.

The script for the film was written by screenwriter John Hodge who previously worked with Boyle on Trainspotting and The Beach.
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Danny Boyle exits 'Bond 25' over 'creative differences'

Surprise news announced on official Twitter account.

Danny Boyle will no longer direct the next James Bond film, it has been announced.

A tweet on the official 007 account said: “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.”

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. pic.twitter.com/0Thl116eAd

— James Bond (@007) August 21, 2018

Bond 25 is currently pencilled in for an October 25, 2019 release date in the UK,
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Danny Boyle Will No Longer Direct Bond 25, Citing Creative Differences

Danny Boyle Will No Longer Direct Bond 25, Citing Creative Differences
Danny Boyle is no longer directing the 2019 James Bond film Bond 25, according the to official 007 Twitter account. “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,” read the tweet announcing the decision. The company did not release any further information.

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. pic.twitter.com/0Thl116eAd

— James Bond (@007) August 21, 2018

MGM confirmed the director had nabbed the project in May of this year after several months of speculation. Boyle had written a script with his “Trainspotting” co-writer John Hodge. Franchise veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who scripted all of Craig’s 007 movies as well as Pierce Brosnan entries “The World Is Not Enough” and “Die Another Day,” were originally
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