Edgar Wright, David MacKenzie, Jean-Marc Vallee and Yann DeMange have reportedly emerged as the four names currently in contention to replace Danny Boyle at the helm of the upcoming 25th film in the James Bond franchise reports Deadline.
The list comes just days after Boyle left his post as director of the new film, Daniel Craig’s fifth and expected to be final outing in the role of 007, citing creative differences. Further reports have suggested a falling out between Boyle and both Craig and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli over script and casting choices.
Just over a year ago, both MacKenzie (“Hell or High Water,” “Starred Up”) and DeMange (“’71,” “White Boy Rick”) were on the same shortlist for the gig alongside Denis Villeneuve – that was until Boyle was hired out of the blue earlier this year with a whole new take.
The new additions this time are Jean-Marc Vallee (“Big Little Lies,” “Dallas Buyers Club”) and the one and only Edgar Wright (“Hot Fuzz,” “Baby Driver”) with the latter the most unexpected choice as he’s as much (if not more so) an outright auteur who sticks to his own projects as opposed to being a hired gun. To be fair the same could be said for the other three names as well.
Vallee is reportedly the least likely to nab the gig due to scheduling issues. The new film was slated to begin shooting in early December ahead of a November 2019 release. Trades yesterday indicated both the shoot and release date are almost certain to movie, but neither MGM or Eon have announced any delays at this point.