Henry Chu, reporting for Variety:
Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the new James Bond film, the
producers announced Thursday. The 25th Bond installment will begin
filming in London, at Pinewood Studios, on March 4, 2019, with a
worldwide release on Feb. 14, 2020, a few months after its
original target date.
Fukunaga, who won acclaim for 2015 war film “Beasts of No Nation,”
replaces Danny Boyle, who exited the project last month over
creative differences with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael
G. Wilson and returning star Daniel Craig. Fukunaga will be the
Bond franchise’s first American director. […]
Fukunaga won an Emmy in 2014 for helming the entire first season
(eight episodes) of “True Detective” and giving the crime series a
cinematic look. More recently, he directed multiple episodes of
Netflix’s “Maniac,” a new half-hour comedy show starring Emma
Stone and Jonah Hill.
I’m usually not an OMG guy but I just used “OMG” when I texted this news to a friend. I’m just floored by this. Season 1 of True Detective is one of my very favorite cinematic achievements of the decade, right up there with Mad Men, The Tree of Life, and Django Unchained. I’ll add Inception to make it a top 5 list.
Without spoiling anything from True Detective, can you imagine a Bond scene as intense and gritty as the six-minute-long tracking shot scene from episode 4? Fukunaga is exactly what the Bond franchise needs after the all-style/no-sense Skyfall/Spectre duology from Sam Mendes.
(And I’m glad to see EON break their heretofore unwritten rule that Americans couldn’t direct Bond movies. Steven Spielberg wanted to — and because EON turned him down, he and George Lucas turned the opening scene of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom into a Bond movie opening.)
★ Thursday, 20 September 2018