Boyle has prior experience helming a James Bond adventure, having directed the opening ceremonies the 2012 London Olympics, which featured a segment where Daniel Craig's 007 escorted Queen Elizabeth II to London Stadium to officially open the games.
That left many thinking that Demange was the clear favorite, but now a new contender has entered the ring, with Variety reporting that Danny Boyle, of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire fame, is being eyed for the job. Though he continues the franchise's trend of chasing "respectable" helmers, Boyle has just enough genre/exploitation bona fides to raise hopes that Daniel Craig's swan song won't be a stuffy, overly serious endeavor.
According to a new report from Variety earlier today, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) has finalized its wishlist for helming the project and Boyl now sits at the top of the pile. Well Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson sparked to Boyle and Hodge's idea, so Hodge is now writing that screenplay.
The 25th film in which the world's most popular spy James Bond will appear is taking some time to convince its star and now getting a director on board.
Last year, it was repotted that Blade Runner 2049 director Dennis Villenuve was approached to take on the huge franchise's milestone film. It never did, but as my colleague James Shapiro speculates, "why (else) would you do a deal with MGM without Bond?". He has always been in MGM and Eon's sights to direct a Bond movie, since "Skyfall" and "Spectre". "And anyway, I've made a Bond film with a great stellar cast".