James Bond producers reveal unexpected director pick

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James Bond producers reveal unexpected director pick

The appointment of the True Detective helmsman was announced via the official Bond Twitter account, along with a release date now slated for February 14, 2020.

"We are delighted to be working with Cary", franchise producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced in a statement, released in the early hours of Thursday morning. Bond 25 will be, for better or worse (but definitely not indifferent) a Cary Joji Fukunaga joint. By far the most interesting of the other names being kicked around, it looks like Bond 25 might be back on track to give the series a much needed freshening-up before Daniel Craig bows out.

Fukunaga's films include the 2015 war drama Beasts of No Nation, which he not only directed, but also wrote, produced and oversaw cinematography.

The 25th Bond film - confirmed as Craig's last outing as 007 - will begin filming at Pinewood Studios near London on March 4 next year.

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Fukunaga, 41, made his debut with critically acclaimed Sin Nombre in 2009, before directing Michael Fassbender in a 2011 version of Jane Eyre.

His latest project, Maniac, is a Netflix series starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone as participants in a mysterious pharmaceutical trial. The pair have written every Bond film since The World Is Not Enough, including high points like Casino Royale and Skyfall, and wobblier entries like Die Another Day and Quantum Of Solace.

Release was delayed from the planned November 2019 after "Slumdog Millionaire" director Boyle left the project last month over what producers said were creative differences.

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