Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

British Director Danny Boyle quits new Bond movie

British Director Danny Boyle quits new Bond movie

Production on the as yet untitled movie was due to start in London in December with a British release date of October 25, 2019, and a United States release two weeks later.

The official James Bond Twitter account posted this morning that Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle will no longer direct the 25th Bond film, which is expected to be Daniel Craig's last time portraying the iconic character.

It will be interesting to see if it's able to make that release date as the producers search for a new director. From Trance to Trainspotting, Steve Jobs to 28 Days Later, the director has always pushed the envelope when it comes to visual storytelling, and it's disappointing to know that his James Bond movie will never come to pass. Boyle had co-written the Bond 25 script with Trainspotting's John Hodge, but don't be surprised if Wilson/Broccoli standbys Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (who had turned in an earlier draft) get the nod.

Actor Daniel Craig as James Bond in "Spectre".

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Craig has previously starred in Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.

Boyle's departure was a rare shock in Hollywood, where big departures on prestige studio projects are often preceded by months of speculation and rumor.

Most recently, Idris Elba alluded to rumours of his casting by tweeting "Elba". He'd revealed back in March that he was taking on the project and that a script was underway, but a brief joint statement by Daniel Craig, Barbara Broccoli, and Michael G. Wilson reveal that things have changed.

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