Danny Boyle Talks Why He Exited “Bond 25”

Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle has remained radio silent about his abrupt departure last year as helmer of the next James Bond film. Hired in May, he exited a few months later over apparent creative differences with Cary Fukunaga ultimately replacing him.

Boyle brought scribe John Hodge (“Trainspotting”) on board to write a new script which the studio was on board with initially. However as things progressed, that changed as he explained what happened with Empire Online:

“I learned quite a lot about myself with Bond. I work in partnership with writers and I am not prepared to break it up. We were working very, very well but they didn’t want to go down that route with us. So we decided to part company, and it would be unfair to say what it was because I don’t know what Cary [Fukunaga] is going to do. I got a very nice message from him and I gave him my best wishes.

It is just a great shame. What John [Hodge] and I were doing, I thought, was really good. It wasn’t finished, but it could have been really good. You have to believe in your process and part of that is the partnership I have with a writer. It is like someone coming and saying, ‘Hey, we are going to give you a different editor.’ Those fundamental partnerships are vital.”

Fukunaga is instead helming the film which begins shooting next month ahead of an April 8th 2020 release. Boyle’s next film is the Beatles-themed musical “Yesterday” opening this Summer.