Update (12:30pm ET): Fukunaga broke his silence on landing the Bond directing gig during an interview with IndieWire. “I’ve wanted to do one of these [Bond films] for a long time, so that’s not new,” he said. “So right now it’s just kind of dealing with the shock that it’s real and the honor obviously and now the responsibility.”
Earlier: Cary Fukunaga is set to direct Daniel Craig in the next James Bond movie following the departure of Danny Boyle. Bond producers have confirmed Fukunaga’s hiring, which coincides with the September 21 launch of the director’s Netflix series “Maniac.” Production on Bond 25 is now set to begin March 4, 2019 in London. MGM has set a February 14, 2020 release date, several months after the sequel’s original November 8, 2019 date.
“We are delighted to be working with Cary,” producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said in a statement published on Twitter. “His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”
Fukunaga is best known for directing all eight episodes of the first season of HBO’s limited series “True Detective,” which won him an Emmy. The director got his start with the Sundance breakout “Sin Nombre” and has also directed an acclaimed “Jane Eyre” adaptation, as well as Netflix’s first original movie, “Beasts of No Nation.” Fukunaga’s latest release is “Maniac,” the limited series starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. The director told IndieWire last year he planned to continue switching between film and television throughout his career.
“In my mind, I don’t really differentiate it right now,” Fukunaga said in a conversation with IndieWire last year. “In the end, you either you gravitate towards a story or you don’t. Whether it ends up on Netflix or HBO or on the big screen for a period of time, it’s going to end up on Netflix or HBO eventually.”
Fukunaga was previously set to direct horror movie “It” for Warner Bros., but dropped out due to creative differences. Bond 25 is set to be Fukunaga’s biggest gig to date behind the camera, and he’s now one of the only American directors to ever helm a Bond movie. Danny Boyle originally signed on to write and direct the film but left over creative differences. IndieWire has reached out to MGM for further comment.
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
Additional reporting by Chris O’Falt.