More Details Emerge About Boyle’s “Bond 25”

Following on from the report that “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Trainspotting” director Danny Boyle is the favorite to direct the next James Bond film, Deadline has offered new details in regards to what is going on with the film.

At last report before the Boyle news broke, director Yann Demange (“’71”) was the top choice to direct the project from a script by longtime Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. It turns out that option is still on the table, but has now become a backup plan.

Boyle reportedly hit it off with actor Daniel Craig when Boyle directed the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics. At the time Boyle came up with a very specific idea for a Bond movie which series producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have now sparked to.

As a result, Boyle and his “T2 Trainspotting” writer John Hodge are now working out the story beats with Hodge writing that screenplay over the next few months. Once complete, Broccoli and Wilson will take a look and make a decision. If they like it, Boyle officially comes onboard and the original “Bond 25” script is shelved.

If Broccoli and Wilson pass on the finished Hodge script, they’ll go back to Purvis and Wade’s take and likely re-engage talks with previous contenders like Demange or David Mackenzie (“Hell or High Water,” “Starred Up”). As production on the next Bond isn’t slated to start until late 2018, there’s still time for those involved to explore options like this.

The next Bond film, Daniel Craig’s apparent final outing in the role, hits November 2019.