Danny Boyle departs James Bond movie over 'creative differences'

Tim P. Whitby  Getty Images Stephen Vaughan  MGM  Sony

Tim P. Whitby Getty Images Stephen Vaughan MGM Sony

Danny Boyle has quit as director of the next James Bond film "due to creative differences", the production team has announced.

Universal was set to release the film in the United Kingdom on Oct 25, 2019.

At the time of his appointment, MGM's Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kevin Ulreich said: "We couldn't be more thrilled than to bring the next 007 adventure to the big screen uniting the incomparable Daniel Craig with the extraordinary vision of Danny Boyle".

The Trainspotting director was to take the helm for the 25th outing in the franchise, with production due to begin in early December.

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Director Danny Boyle has exited the planned Bond 25 film scheduled for release in 2019 over " creative difference".

According to IMDB, Boyle has a writing credit on the script, along with his Trainspotting partner John Hodge. Producers will now look to act quickly to find Boyle's replacement.

MGM and Annapurna Pictures had dated the film for November 8, 2019, with Universal handling global rights.

Boyle is best known for directing movies like Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, 28 Days Later, and Steve Jobs. Production is due to begin in December on the film, which is slated for an October release in Ireland and the United Kingdom, and a November release in the US. Many fans were anxious that Craig would not come back for his fifth outing, as he was notably exhausted of the experience after the release of Spectre back in 2015.

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