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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Things are slowly coming together for the next big James Bond film. The film has an official release date in 2019, Daniel Craig is set to return for one final outing, and the script is already in the works. The next big puzzle piece that needs to fall into place is its director.

Ever since Spectre hit theaters in 2015, fans have been curious as to who would take on the job next. Given the lukwarm reception to Spectre, bringing back Sam Mendes seemed out of the picture. Speculation has since gone from filmmakers like David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) to bigger names like Christopher Nolan.

One other filmmaker who was in the running a few months back when the frontrunner list was revealed was Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve. Now, according to The Daily Mail, it sounds like Villeneuve may have the endorsement of one key person.

The outlet states that Villeneuve has had conversations with actor Daniel Craig and James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson about potentially taking on the gig, and while there are still several other directors on their list, Craig is supposedly most interested in locking down Villeneuve.

In addition to being an actor’s director, who big stars love working with, he’s also a director who has thoughtful women in this movies. This is something that wasn’t lost on Craig and the producers, who The Daily Mail says are looking to give their Bond girls more power than they normally have in these films.

At the tail end of Spectre‘s production, Craig seemed to be growing weary of the more machismo aspects of Bond. From his more shallow traits, to his womanizing, it sounded more and more that he wasn’t a fan of Bond’s hit it and quit it attitude. As such, we wouldn’t be surprised if this was something Bond was considering when signing on to this next movie.

It’s not clear just how much a factor that is specifically, but it sounds like it’s at least one factor in the decision-making process. Of course, it certainly doesn’t hurt that Villeneuve has yet to make a bad film.

What do you think? Is Villeneuve a good fit? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: The Daily Mail

  • Moby85

    As a big Villeneauve fan I think he’d do it. He’s starting to create a pattern where he deliberately chooses large budget “challenges” to film. In fact, I’d think him doing a Bond is inevitable. But, I think he should do the first one after Craig leaves…Especially a fresh new slate.

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      I’d actually prefer Villeneuve do one now and Nolan do the first one after Craig leaves.

      • Facebook User

        id honestly be happy either way.. these are two great directors that could bring something new to the story and make it more grand in feeling than the gritty bourne identity knock offs we have been getting since craig took over

        • Cuban9222

          And there’s not a wrong damn thing about mimicking the best in the spy genre. M:i 3 did the same thing in 2006, and that’s why I consider it the best film in the series. Bourne also inspired the grit in The Winter Soldier, which helped it become THE BEST MCU film ever! Which is a fact… until Infinity War comes out…maybe.

  • noahwayne0

    I prefer he does more original work.

  • Aaron James

    No. Not right now, anyway. Not until he’s done Dune. Villeneuve and Dune are a match made in heaven, and anything that gets in the way of that happening can die in a fire.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.