Earlier this week, it was rumored that Slumdog Millionaire helmer Danny Boyle was a frontrunner to take on the 25th film in the James Bond franchise, and a new report from Deadline corroborates that rumor, but takes it one step further.
Of course, given Boyle’s track record, he’s not just going to hop right into the film and shoot whatever script he’s given. According to the outlet, Boyle and John Hodge (who wrote Trainspotting and Trainspotting 2) are working on a completely different set of beats for the Bond flick. From there, Hodge will take those beats and write the actual script, and assuming that all parties are satisfied, Boyle could move forward as the director.
This means that the script that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been working on — should Boyle take on the movie — will likely get tossed in the trash, which is a shame (though it’s possible that script could be utilized in a later film).
However, if the studio doesn’t like the script, Boyle will likely move one, and the studio will likely go forward with that original Purvis-Wade script.
The prospect of getting a more director-focused vision is one I’d welcome. While Skyfall and Spectre were both admirably done by Sam Mendes (one better than the other…guess which one), neither seemed to have a story hand from Mendes. To actually see a more personal vision from Boyle could be the sendoff Daniel Craig truly deserves.
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