Cary Joji Fukunaga Joins ‘Bond 25’ As New Director

The past few months have been quite the roller coaster for Bond 25. The 25th film in the James Bond franchise has been teased to be the final bang for current Bond actor Daniel Craig. So far, Craig arguably has one of the best Bond legacies with hit films like Casino Royale and Skyfall under his belt. Earlier in the year, Danny Boyle ( Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) was announced as the director and many fans could not have been more excited to have such an auteur on board. Devastation was greatly felt across the web last month when Boyle left the production citing “creative differences”.

Fans should worry no more for the production company behind the James Bond franchise, Eon, has just announced who will replace Boyle. Cary Joji Fukunaga is now helming Bond 25 with principal photography set to begin next March. The release date has also now been moved up to Valentine’s Day 2020. The official announcement can be viewed below.

Those who do not recognize Fukunaga’s name should waste no time with diving into his works. The Japanese-American filmmaker’s most well-known projects are True Detective Season 1 and Beasts of No Nation. Many began to recognize his name after Sin Nombre (take the time to watch this) in 2009. This Bond 25 news is very timely for his new series Maniac starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill is available to stream on Netflix this Friday.

Boyle’s departure from the film was widely rumored to be due from differences over the script and the antagonists. This conflict must have obviously been resolved with Fukunaga, but one still hopes that his involvement with Bond 25 is faced with little studio interference.

How do you feel about one last Craig Bond film under Fukunaga? If there is anything the franchise needs- it is a breath of fresh air. It is about time that someone who has eastern (Japanese in this case) heritage gets a crack at Bond. Let us know your thoughts on our social media and stay tuned for more updates on Bond 25!

Source: Official James Bond Twitter Account

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