Movies are hard to make. Any filmmaker will tell you that. Hell, any story in any form is hard to make, and things don’t get any easier when you’re dealing with big intellectual properties like James Bond. There are often a lot of cooks and a lot of clashing expectations, and sometimes they just don’t work out. Such was the case with Danny Boyle and the currently-untitled Bond 25.
As you may recall, last year, he and collaborator John Hodge were hashing out a script, with Boyle eyeing to direct the movie if the producers took to his idea. Some time after he hopped on, he stepped down from the project, and details on why have been sparse. Now, speaking with Empire, he opened up about the “why.”
“What John [Hodge] and I were doing, I thought, was really good. It wasn’t finished, but it could have been really good.”
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In the interview, Boyle was quick to note that he held no ill feelings towards current director Cary Joji Fukunaga or the project’s current direction.
“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.”
Sometimes that’s just how the cookie crumbles in Hollywood. While it is a shame what could have been, I suppose there is a benefit in that we’ll never know for sure. Better not to know what we lost, right?
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