Bond 25: Director Danny Boyle Explains Why He Stepped Down

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It has been several months since Danny Boyle mysteriously left the director's chair of Bond 25. Boyle was relatively quiet on the subject, until a recent interview with Metro revealed why the director departed the film.

Up until this interview, Boyle had only stated that he left the film because he did not want to work with outside writers. He had teamed up with his regular writing compatriot John Hodge (with whom he has worked on numerous films, including Shallow Grave, Trainspotting and The Beach) and produced a script for the film, but the studio apparently "didn't go down that route," which seemed to frustrate Boyle.

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Now, Boyle revealed that he is "not cut out" for work on franchise films, as he believes that he would just be "digging in the same hole" as those who had come before him. He added that he is "better not quite in the mainstream franchise movies." These comments came from an interview for Yesterday, Boyle's upcoming film.

Boyle has since been replaced by Cary Fukunaga, who was previously best known for directing the first season of HBO's True Detective. Production is underway, with the film set to release in April 2020.

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Danny Boyle's decision to leave Bond 25 is now slightly clearer. With his films being known for being unique visions and being mostly free of franchises and sequels, the revelation that he is not quite fit for franchise work fits with his career up to this point.

Directed and co-written by Cary Fukunaga, Bond 25 stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen and Rami Malek. It is scheduled for release on April 8, 2020.

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