Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct James Bond 25, Set for 2020 Debut


The tweet also revealed that the release date had been pushed by a few months to February 20, 2020.

Producers Michael G Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig on Thursday announced director Cary Joji Fukunaga as the director of Bond 25.

"We are delighted to be working with Cary".

Wilson and Broccoli said Fukunaga's "versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure".

Fukunaga replaces previous Bond 25 director Danny Boyle, who stepped down from the project in August.

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When Danny Boyle unceremoniously exited Bond 25 (over dreadfully vague "creative differences"), we despaired.

Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig said the still-untitled Bond 25 will start filming at London's Pinewood Studios on March 4, and will be released on February 14, 2020.

Fukunaga, 41, made his debut with critically acclaimed Sin Nombre in 2009, before directing Michael Fassbender in a 2011 version of Jane Eyre.

Obviously, there are a couple interesting bits of trivia here, the largest being Fukunaga becoming the first American to deliver a Bond picture (discounting the off-brand 1967 Casino Royale or Never Say Never Again).

Meanwhile, upcoming for the director is Maniac, the hotly anticipated black comedy series for Netflix, starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, which premieres tomorrow. He was the director and executive producer for the first season of True Detective, winning a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. At least that's your Valentine's Day date sorted for that year.