Last week The Sun reported that Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is being offered the chance to direct the 23rd James Bond film. We speculated at the time that it was probably an inaccurate story as the source is rather dubious, even though its a newspaper. Well it turns to be false. The filmmaker tells Entertainment Weekly that while he has always enjoyed Bond movies, “I have no plans to direct one.” Boyle went on to say that the story wasn’t true in the slightest: “I don’t know who came up with the story, but please tell them I’m very flattered to be thought of!”
Discuss: So if not Boyle, who should direct the next James Bond movie?
Update: This story has been debunked by Boyle himself.
The Sun is not really considered a trusted source for information, especially when it comes to gossip (the word “our sources say” is the big tip off). I don’t know why, but somehow we always get hooked by their bullshit. Maybe it’s because some of their claims are just interesting, while other stories we just want to be true. I wish we lived in a world where newspaper’s didn’t print fabricated information, but some do more than others. Basically, I’ve just gone the long way to say, take this rumor with a grain of salt.
The Sun is reporting that Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is being offered the chance to direct the 23rd James Bond film. Of course, Boyle is probably getting a ton of studio offers after his Academy Award and Golden Globe wins. But according to the UK newspaper/gossip sheet, EON Productions is “leading the chase.” It might be worth noting that Callum McDougall, who produced Boyle’s 200 film The Beach is also an executive producer on the project. So what are the chances this might be true, or that Boyle will end up directing the next Bond film? One would assume that his current situation would allow him a chance at more interesting and original projects.
Discuss: Would you like to see a Danny Boyle-directed James Bond movie?
Quantum of Solace director Marc Foster will not be returning for the 23rd film in the James Bond series, despite an offer to helm the next film.
“They offered me the next one, but at this point the pressure is so intense — it’s a year of not having a life,” Foster tells FirstShowing. “And I don’t know if I want to do that again. It’s literally not having a life, and I mean that, it’s not exaggerated. I feel like life is short, you have to find a balance.”
The studio has announced a 2010 date (but I’m guessing that might be pushed back til 2011). Rumor has it that Bond will return to the United States for a New York City-based adventure. But who should helm the next Bond film? Some have suggested Stephen Frears (The Queen), Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake), Fernando Meirelles (City of God), or Sam Mendes (Road to Perdition). Personally, I’d love to see Goldeneye/Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell return.
Variety has an interesting article on the scheduling of the upcoming summer tentpoles for the next three years. The article claims that Sony Pictures will announce a Summer 2010 release date for the 23rd James Bond film. The next Bond film, tentatively titled Bond 22, will go into production later this year aiming for a November 7th 2008 release.
The article also says that Sony will nab a Summer 2009 release date for Green Hornet. And 2010 is starting to look a lot like this Summer: very crowded. Potentially Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Spider-Man 4, Shrek 4, and Harry Potter 7 could be just some of the big blockbuster movies filling the slate.