Last month it was reported that director Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs, Trainspotting 2) is being eyed to direct the highly-anticipated James Bond 25, and now the director has confirmed his involvement in the project. During a red carpet interview at a New York screening of his FX series Trust, the filmmaker also essentially confirmed another report, that his involvement hinged on how the script comes out. Here's what the director had to say, confirming he is working on the script with his longtime writing collaborator John Hodge, while he's also working on a script for a Richard Curtis project that will shoot fairly soon.
"We are working on a script right now. And it all depends on that, really. I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in six or seven weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now. We've got an idea, John Hodge, the screenwriter, and I have got this idea, and John is writing it at the moment. And it all depends on how it turns out. It would be foolish of me to give any of it away."
John Hodge has written many of Danny Boyle's films, including their debut Shallow Grave, their breakout smash hit Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary, The Beach, Trance and last year's T2: Trainspotting 2. There has been no indication as to when the James Bond 25 screenplay will be ready, and when Danny Boyle may be officially confirmed as the director, but if he wants filming to start by the end of this year, we may get official word soon. Simon Beaufoy, who wrote FX's Trust, which Danny Boyle directed the first three episodes of, and won an Oscar for writing Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, had this to say about Danny Boyle possibly directing the new James Bond movie.
""I don't know why he hasn't done one before. I think it's meant to be. I think it's really hard to get involved in something that's so established. It's very hard to express yourself within that. You have to be very strong and faithful to all the films that have come before. It is really hard to do anything new as a writer. As a director I'm not sure that's quite true. I can see Danny punching a few holes in the way that those Bond films are made. It will be really exciting."
Beaufoy also warned that there may be some issues with both Boyle and Hodge simultaneously working on scripts for James Bond 25 and the untitled Richard Curtis project at the same time, stating that, "I'm quite happy to say that I'm not involved in either" project. If production does in fact start by the end of this year, it's possible that James Bond 25 could be eyed for a late 2019 release in theaters. You can head over to Metro for their full report on James Bond 25 and more from the Trust screening.