Cary Joji Fukunaga, the acclaimed director of HBO's True Detective Season 1, will helm the 25th Bond movie, succeeding Danny Boyle.
The announcement, made this morning by franchise producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and star Daniel Craig, was accompanied by news that the film's release will be delayed from Nov. 8, 2019, to Feb. 14, 2020. Production is expected to begin on March 4 at Pinewood Studios.
“We are delighted to be working with Cary," Wilson and Broccoli said in a joint statement. "His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure."
Boyle, known for such films as Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and Sunshine, exited Bond 25 in August -- just three months after his involvement was officially announced -- citing "creative differences." With him went the draft he'd written with longtime collaborator John Hodge, leading to a report that franchise veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade would return to tackle the screenplay. However, there's been no confirmation; presumably, Fukunaga will want a hand in the script.
Fukunaga made his feature debut in 2009 with the adventure thriller Sin Nombre, which he followed with adaptations of Jane Eyre and Beasts of No Nation, the latter of which starred Idris Elba, frequently mentioned as a contender to succeed Craig as 007. However, his true breakout project came in 2014 with the first season of HBO's True Detective, which earned Fukunaga an Emmy Award.
Warner Bros.' first choice to film the adaptation of Stephen King's It, Fukunaga left the production in 2015, citing "creative reasons," but later claimed the studio "thought they couldn’t control me."