Danny Boyle, the Academy Award-winning director who was announced as the director in the next James Bond film, has left the project.
There was a joint statement from the producers and the star of the upcoming film, Daniel Craig, announcing Boyle's departure on the official James Bond Twitter account.
The brief statement read, "Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25."
Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25. pic.twitter.com/0Thl116eAd— James Bond (@007) August 21, 2018
The company released no further statement on the topic.
It was only in May of this year that Boyle was confirmed by MGM as the director of the upcoming film (after months of speculation that he would get the nod) The director, who won the Academy Award for Best Director for Slumdog Millionaire back in 2009, had written the script for the film with his Trainspotting co-writer, John Hodge. What is even more fascinating is that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the screenwriters who had written all of Daniel Craig's previous Bond films, had already done a a draft for this film that was dropped in favor of Boyle and Hodge's script. So Boyle leaving the project just three months later is a real shock.