Bart Layton (“American Animals”) and S.J. Clarkson (“Star Trek 4”) have reportedly emerged as the two new favorite candidates to helm the next James Bond film, whilst a previous contender Yann Demange (“’71”) is now back in the running.
Variety reports that MGM and EON are moving fast on finding a replacement for director Danny Boyle in order to try and get the next James Bond movie back on track and retain its original production schedule following Boyle’s exit a few weeks ago. Sources tell the trade that more meetings with prospective candidates could be taken, but sit-down meetings are currently being worked out for Layton and Clarkson.
Layton helmed the celebrated documentary “The Impostor” and made the shift to narrative features with this year’s critically acclaimed heist thriller “American Animals”. Demange just screened his second film, “White Boy Rick,” to very good reviews at the Telluride Film Festival and a screening for that film will now be set for MGM and EON.
Clarkson got her start over a decade ago on British TV helming numerous episodes of shows like “Hustle,” “Whitechapel” and the beloved original “Life on Mars” before transitioning to U.S. shows like “Dexter,” “Jessica Jones,” “Bates Motel,” “Banshee,” “Smash,” “The Defenders” and recent mini-series like “Collateral” and “Love, Nina”. She’s also slated to take the helm of the next “Star Trek” film (the non-Tarantino one) should it proceed, but otherwise hasn’t directed a feature.
Star Daniel Craig remains attached to Rian Johnson’s next film “Knives Out” which aims to begin shooting in November, before filming starts on Bond at the end of the year. Sources say that Johnson’s project won’t interfere with the production schedule of the next Bond film. Should the 007 film retain its schedule then it will remain on track for a November 2019 release.