It looks like Danny Boyle’s potential stint as director of the next Bond film may not be as set in stone as once thought.
Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye reports that Boyle is set to direct a contemporary original musical comedy about a struggling U.K. musician in the 1960s-70s with a script from Richard Curtis (“Love Actually,” “About Time”). If casting comes together, the project could shoot this summer.
Boyle has reportedly been trying to do a musical for a long time, saying last year: “For any director an original musical is the ultimate holy grail, absolutely. It’s the purest form of cinema. If you can get your characters to sing, absolutely believe it and go with it – that’s the ultimate degree of difficulty. That’s the top one.”
Boyle initially was to make “Millions” a musical but changed his focus. He previously attempted film adaptations of both “My Fair Lady” and “Miss Saigon” and once tried to use David Bowie’s music for an original one.
Boyle came up with an original story with John Hodge for the next James Bond film, with the script currently being written. Boyle is also finishing up the FX series “Trust” which launches next month.