Although it’s been widely assumed for months now, Danny Boyle has confirmed he will be directing the next instalment in the James Bond franchise. However, there are still plenty of pieces that need to fall into place before production can begin on 007’s latest adventure.
Boyle confirmed to Metro that he’ll be at the helm of the new film, but added that he’s still working on the script alongside Trainspotting writer John Hodge. He also revealed that he intends to begin shooting at the end of this year.
That doesn’t raise any eyebrows in a vacuum, but Boyle is currently working on Richard Curtis‘ (Love Actually) untitled comedy-musical, which will be his next project before Bond. Boyle said:
“We are working on a script right now. And it all depends on that really. I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in 6 or 7 weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now”.
Bond 25 is currently scheduled for a November 8, 2019 release date, which gives Boyle more than enough time for post-production and marketing after a late 2018 shoot, but that planning goes out the window if this collaboration with Curtis takes up more of his time than intended.
Boyle is experienced, so he’s likely totally fine balancing two big films, but even he’d probably like to have the Bond script finished ASAP so that there’s one less thing to worry about. At the moment, the November 2019 release date for the next Bond looks very attainable. Unless there are any major hiccups in the coming months.