Danny Boyle quits as director of next James Bond Film

Danny Boyle quits as director of next James Bond Film

Danny Boyle quits as director of next James Bond Film

Boyle, 61, who won an Academy Award in 2009 for "Slumdog Millionaire", was due to partner again with screenwriter John Hodge on the new movie.

The news, which is not great news for Bond fans, came via a terse statement that simply reads, "Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has chose to no longer direct Bond 25".

A statement said at the time: "We are delighted to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as James Bond in the 25th instalment of the franchise".

Whatever the outcome, this news is a heavy blow to fans of Boyle's unique filmmaking.

Boyle's exit follows speculation over who will take over from Craig after what is expected to be his last stint as the Martini-loving secret agent created by author Ian Fleming in 1953. However, production was not expected to get underway until December, so there's still plenty of time to make sure the project gets on track for its release on October 25th 2019 in the United Kingdom and November 8th 2019 in North America.

After Sam Mendes, who directed both Skyfall and Spectre, stated in 2016 that he would not be returning to direct Bond 25, Sony Pictures began looking for a suitable replacement.

Creative differences is the most milquetoast excuse Hollywood has for anything so we really don't know what the hell is going on, but I'm honestly a bit surprised about this.

"My name's Elba, Idris Elba", he tweeted, echoing the super spy's famous catchline, "The name is Bond, James Bond".

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