Cary Fukunaga Becomes the First American to Direct a James Bond Film

Director Cary Fukunaga has been tapped to helm the next James Bond film which is set for early 2020 release.

The Emmy-award winning filmmaker, who is best known for directing the maiden season of HBO’s limited series “True Detective,” will be replacing English director Danny Boyle in the 25th film of the “Bond” franchise.

 

Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have confirmed the development in a statement published on Twitter.

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“We are delighted to be working with Cary,” the statement read. “His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”

Fukunaga is currently promoting his new Netflix series “Maniac” which stars Jonah Hill and Emma Stone.

“I’ve wanted to do one of these [Bond films] for a long time, so that’s not new,” he told IndieWire. “So right now it’s just kind of dealing with the shock that it’s real and the honor obviously and now the responsibility.”

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The Japanese-American director was previously set to direct horror movie “It” for Warner Bros. but left the project reportedly due to creative differences.

“Bond 25,” which will be Fukunaga’s biggest directorial gig yet, will reportedly begin production on March 4, 2019 in London, with a target release date of Feb. 14, 2020. Boyle was originally signed up to write and direct the film but dropped out due to creative differences.

Image via Wikimedia Commons / Glyn Lowe (CC BY 2.0)

Daniel Craig, who was first cast as Agent 007 in “Casino Royale” back in 2006, will reprise the role for his fifth and final movie in his contract.  

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