The journey towards finding a Bond 25 director continues with the news that Christopher Nolan has taken himself out of the running.
The Dark Knight filmmaker is a self-confessed fan of the series who styled Inception's climactic snow scenes on On Her Majesty's Secret Service. But the acclaimed director, recipient of Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for his World War II drama Dunkirk, says the time isn't right for him to take up the 007 mantle.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, Nolan stated: "I won’t be the man. No, categorically." He also acknowledged that "every time they hire a new director I’m rumoured to be doing it." However, he added that he would "love to make a Bond film at some point".
It seems like that complex, time-splicing Bond movie will have to go on hold for now. Yet a saviour may have been found in the form of one Danny Boyle, reputedly MGM's favourite choice to helm Daniel Craig's final outing as 007.
Boyle is responsible for game-changing British classic Trainspotting (and its sequel) and won an Oscar for kaleidoscopic India-set drama Slumdog Millionaire. Variety reports that although no offer has been made, he's firmly in the sights of both MGM and Eon.
Currently attached to a new Working Title project, it remains to be seen whether Boyle can fit a production the size of a Bond movie into his schedule. His new FX series Trust, based on the story of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty (also the subject of recent Ridley Scott movie All the Money in the World), is set to debut this March.
Deadline have since revealed that Boyle's regular writing partner, Oscar winner John Hodge, with whom he's worked on Trainspotting, The Beach and others, is currently working on a script. If MGM and Eon approve, it may be that Bond 25's listed writers, franchise stalwarts Neil Purvis and Robert Wade (whose association with the series stretches back to the Pierce Brosnan era), will see their own version shelved.Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool's Paul McGuigan and 71's Yann Demange have also been linked to the next Bond movie. However, given the clout and prestige that American Beauty Oscar-winner Sam Mendes brought to the franchise with Skyfall and SPECTRE, there may be a desire to stick with a big name director. Plus, Boyle directed the following skit involved Daniel Craig and the Queen for the 2012 London Olympics. Surely he's ideal for the job?
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