Paul McGuigan has emerged as the first potential candidate to take over the directing duties on the next entry in the James Bond franchise according to Indiewire.
The site says Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli is so pleased with the new Annette Bening movie “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool,” which McGuigan directed and Broccoli produced, that he’s now being strongly considered for the next Bond gig.
The Scottish helmer started off in cinema with the likes of “Wicker Park,” “Push,” “Gangster No. 1,” “Lucky Number Slevin,” “The Reckoning” and more recently “Victor Frankenstein”.
However it’s TV where others will be more familiar with his work, such as directing four of the first six episodes of The BBC’s “Sherlock” including the pilot, along with the pilot episodes of shows like “Luke Cage,” “Designated Survivor,” “Devious Maids” and “The Family”.
A lot though depends on the creative direction of the next film still isn’t nailed down just yet with screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade still working with Broccoli and Michael Wilson on ideas. At the same time, the franchise is still deciding on its new home with several studios seeking the rights to distribute the franchise.