Danny Boyle Exits Bond 25 Due To 'Creative Differences'

The Oscar-winning director will no longer direct what is to be Daniel Craig's final outing as 007.

While everyone has been hotly debating who should step into Daniel Craig's shoes as the next iteration of the iconic spy James Bond, it looks like the production will have to fill another vacancy first.

The official Bond account on Tuesday posted a tweet announcing that Danny Boyle had exited the production, citing "creative differences", leaving Bond 25 without a director.

The film had already been set for a November release next year (with the traditional earlier opening in the U.K.), so it's currently unclear if this hurdle will stall the release of the film or if longtime Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson already had a few replacements lined up.

Prior to tapping Boyle to helm the 25th Bond film, Deadline reported the shortlist of other prospective directors included Blade Runner 2049's Denis Villenueve, Outlaw King's David Mackenzie or French director Yann Demange.

The vagueness of citing "creative differences" is curious when you realise that Boyle was hired after he and scriptwriter John Hodge pitched a specific idea for the follow-up to 2015's Spectre.

Producers already had a script from Neal Purvis and Robert Wade which was shelved following Boyle and Hodge's pitch being picked up, so there's speculation that they may have wanted to pivot back to the original script and Boyle was only keen on telling the story he and Hodge had wanted to tell or if the production will still be using Hodge's story.

Meanwhile, Bond 25 marks the final outing for Daniel Craig as the iconic spy, with constant rumours swirling around who should replace him from Idris Elba to Tom Hardy. Hell, even Gillian Anderson wants a turn.

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