Trainspotting and 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle has opened up about his high-profile departure from Bond 25.
In an interview with Empire, Boyle said, “What John [Hodge] and I were doing, I thought, was really good. It wasn’t finished, but it could have been really good. 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 [Joji 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.”
Since his exit in August 2018, Boyle has been relatively quiet about what happened and the "creative differences" that led to his departure. Reports suggest that the director clashed with EON and star Daniel Craig over the movie's villain and the spy's ultimate fate. Boyle was later replaced by True Detective's Cary Joji Fukunaga.
The road to Bond 25 has been a long one. After the middling box office and reviews of 2015's Spectre, it was unclear how the long-running franchise planned on continuing or whether the studio would reboot with someone new in the role. It's still up in the air about what happens after Bond 25, but in the meantime, the current iteration of the martini-swilling spy will be back for one last movie.
Apart from a rumored (and now debunked) title of Shatterhand and a tease that Rami Malek could play the movie's villain, production on Bond 25 has been shrouded in mystery. With Craig and Fukunaga hopefully locked in, Bond 25 can finally start moving toward its delayed April 8, 2020, release date.