Three Names On The “Bond 25” Director Shortlist

Denis Villenueve (“Sicario,” “Arrival”), David MacKenzie (“Hell or High Water,” “Starred Up”) and Yann Demange (“’71,” “White Boy Rick”) have reportedly emerged as the front runners to direct the next film in the James Bond franchise according to Deadline, while Variety says Demange is the top choice.

The film finally announced a release date of November 2019 this week with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade returning to pen the script and Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli returning to produce.

Daniel Craig has been suspected to be returning for months, as per his contract, and with the exception of an official announcement – all indications are he will do so.

That just leaves the question of who will take the helm in the wake of the departure of “Skyfall” and “Spectre” director Sam Mendes. With Christopher Nolan having firmly planted his flag in the “I won’t do it unless I get to reboot it” camp, that leaves these three fine filmmakers.

Demange is finishing up “White Boy Rick” but has nothing slated for after. MacKenzie is working on USA’s western drama series “Damnation” and is developing the Robert the Bruce biopic “Outlaw King”, and Villenueve is putting finishing touches on “Blade Runner 2049” and is planning to tackle a new “Dune” adaptation sometime in the near future.