Danny Boyle Frontrunner to Direct ‘Bond 25’; John Hodge Working on Separate Script

MGM is starting to kick Bond 25 into gear as it nears its 2019 release date.

First, Danny Boyle is the frontrunner to take the directing gig, and it looks like he’s interested. Boyle, who has directed Trainspotting, 128 Hours, Sunshine, and Slumdog Millionaire would be a good fit for the franchise. Variety reports that while Boyle is “high on their list… no formal offer has yet been made.”

However, adding fuel to this fire is the fact that Deadline reports MGM has hired John Hodge (Trainspotting) to write a screenplay based off a OO7 idea the two had. Hodge’s screenplay will take a couple months to write, but when it is finished MGM will either pick that script, or stay with the one written by Bond veterans Neal Purvis & Robert Wade (Skyfall, Spectre and Casino Royale). There’s a good chance that if Hodge’s script isn’t chosen Boyle won’t direct. In that case, MGM still has that trio of directors on their shortlist: Yann Demange (’71), Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049), and David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water).

Daniel Craig is set to return for a fifth outing as Bond. Bond 25 hits theaters November 8, 2019.