Trainspotting director Danny Boyle has emerged as the frontrunner to director the next James Bond film, starring Daniel Craig.
With Christopher Nolan ruling himself out of the running to helm the project, Boyle has reportedly been identified as MGM and Eon’s first choice to direct.
According to sources close to Variety, the British director is “high on their list” though “no formal offer has yet been made”.
Boyle has made no secret of his desire to one day direct a James Bond movie and though he is currently attached to a project with Working Title, that film has yet to be given a title while no cast is formally attached.
It’s widely believed that any offer to direct the next James Bond movie would see Boyle push his other projects back.
This isn’t the first time Boyle has been considered for the project either – MGM and Eon wanted the filmmaker to helm 2012’s Skyfall and the 2015 007 follow-up Spectre but, for reasons unknown and potentially scheduling conflicts, that never happened.
Those plans came before Sam Mendes entered the fray, with the American Beauty director enjoying some considerable success with his first Bond outing, Skyfall, which made $1.1 billion globally.
Spectre also earned $880 million worldwide but with Mendes opting to step away from 007, the path is now clear for Boyle to take the reins.
Boyle most recently directed the limited series Trust for FX in the US, having previously worked on T2 Trainspotting, the well-received sequel to his breakthrough film hit.
The British filmmaker also earned plenty of fans after orchestrating a spectacular opening ceremony at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Boasting a pedigree that’s undoubtedly on a par with Mendes and the other would-be Bond director, Nolan, Boyle would be a popular and well-received choice for the job.
Though details on the next James Bond film remain scarce, it’s thought that the film will involve a blind villain and could even see the return of Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld, who was left very much alive at the end of the last film.
The movie could also signal Craig’s final performance as Bond, with Tom Hardy fast emerging as the favourite to replace him in the role.
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