Following his highly publicised sudden exit from the James Bond franchise over creative differences, filmmaker Danny Boyle has sworn off ever directing another franchise film entry again.
Director Danny Boyle famously departed James Bond 25 last year after creative differences with longtime franchise producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. And it sounds like the experience of trying to make that situation work was enough for Danny Boyle to be wary of ever trying to take the helm of an established franchise ever again.
Speaking with Metro while promoting the musical dramedy “Yesterday,” Boyle said the biggest reason for his departure was that he didn’t want to be forced to work with a new writer that wasn’t his go to John Hodge.
“I learned my lesson that I am not cut out [for franchises] otherwise you’re digging in the same hole. I am better not quite in the mainstream franchise movies, is the honest answer. I learned quite a lot about myself with Bond. I work in partnership with writers and I am not prepared to break it up. We were working very, very well but they didn’t want to go down that route with us.
What John [Hodge] and I were doing, I thought, was really good. It wasn’t finished, but it could have been really good. You have to believe in your process and part of that is the partnership I have with a writer. It is like someone coming and saying, ‘Hey, we are going to give you a different editor.’ Those fundamental partnerships are vital.”
In the wake of Boyle’s departure, “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga was brought on board to direct the film which is currently in production and experiencing various production issues. The film is slated to open April 8th 2020.