James Bond producers tap 1st American director for upcoming 007 film

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Cary Joji Fukunaga has replaced Danny Boyle, who left Bond 25 last month.

It is a testament to the power of television.

Fukunaga had also been previously attached to direct the remake of IT, but dropped out of that project due to "creative differences", the exact same reason Boyle dropped out of Bond 25. The connection to Elba has excited fans of...

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Female director SJ Clarkson, who has been signed up for the next Star Trek sequel, had joined Bart Layton and Yann Demange on a list of contenders for the job after Boyle quit.

His Beasts of No Nations and work on True Detective was extremely well received and Netflix's Maniac looks great too, but as we've seen time and again indy directors can get overwhelmed when handed the reigns of a big budget movie. In addition, all of this upheaval has resulted in pushing back the film's release date to February 14, 2020 with production kickstarting in March 2019. Long considered the golden boy of Hollywood, his profile has been rising quickly since he conquered Sundance in 2009 with his debut, Sin Nombre.

"His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure". The pair have written every Bond film since The World Is Not Enough, including high points like Casino Royale and Skyfall, and wobblier entries like Die Another Day and Quantum Of Solace. Here was a chance for a true visionary auteur to grab the reins of the franchise, going right out the damn window (and taking a John Hodge script with him).