The name is Fukunaga, Cary Joji Fukunaga. Following the departure of Danny Boyle over creative differences, James Bond 25 has a new director. True Detective Season 1 and Beasts of No Nation director Cary Joji Fukunaga will take over for Boyle behind the camera on Daniel Craig’s next James Bond film, according to the producers of the film.
Fukunaga will be the first American-born director to helm a James Bond film. Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson announced the news on Twitter, writing that the movie will “begin filming at Pinewood Studios on March 4, 2019” with Fukunaga as director. Before Boyle left the film, James Bond 25 was scheduled for a Nov. 8, 2019 release, but now the film will hit theaters on February 14, 2020.
“We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure,” wrote Wilson and Broccoli.
Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig announced today that #Bond25 will begin filming at Pinewood Studios on 4 March 2019 under the helm of director, Cary Joji Fukunaga with a worldwide release date of 14 February 2020. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/Oyzt826sXd
— James Bond (@007) September 20, 2018
After Boyle left the film, reports speculated that directors like Yann Demange (White Boy Rick), Bart Layton (American Animals), S.J. Clarkson (Star Trek 4), and Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner: 2049) could be potential replacements. Fukunaga wasn’t mentioned in those reports, but clearly he made an impression on Broccoli and Wilson, as well as Craig.
Fukunaga has never worked on a project on the scale of a James Bond film, but if his previous work is any indication, Fukunaga has the creative eye to handle it. Fukunaga has worked on a number of critically-acclaimed projects, including his debut film Sin Nombre, a film adaptation of Jane Eyre, the Netflix film Beasts of No Nation, and the first season of True Detective, which won Fukunaga an award for Best Director at the Emmys. Fukunaga also directed all the episodes of the Jonah Hill-Emma Stone series Maniac on Netflix, which debuted in September 2018.
One more fun thing—and this is not anything official, but just pointing out the facts: The involvement of Fukunaga could fuel more speculation that Idris Elba might one day take over as James Bond. Fukunaga worked with Elba on Beasts of No Nation, and with Daniel Craig’s future as Bond up in the air after this film, it’s likely people will connect the dots about the connection between Fukunaga and Elba if Fukunaga hangs around for another Bond film after this one.
James Bond 25 will be released on February 14, 2020.