James Bond 25 Names Cary Joji Fukunaga as New Director

Cary Fukunaga. Photo by James Gillham/REX/Shutterstock (9881635b)

After Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle exited James Bond 25 due to “creative differences,” it was clear that the James Bond film franchise is in serious trouble. Now it was revealed that the man who will try to get it back on track is Cary Joji Fukunaga.

Fukunaga, who famously directed the critically acclaimed season one of HBO’s anthology True Detective, was revealed as a director of the next installment in James Bond film series on Thursday by movie’s producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. It was also announced that James Bond 25 will enter the production in March 2015, with a worldwide release date set for 14 February 2020.

“We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure,” – said Wilson and Broccoli in a joint statement.

Cary Joji Fukunaga made his directorial debut with 2009’s thriller Sin Nombre, which received positive reviews from the critics and ended up winning a number of awards, including the award for Best Director at Sundance Film Festival. Fukunaga went on to direct movies Jane Eyre and Beasts of No Nation, while also working on all eight episodes of True Detective’s first season. For his work on HBO’s show, he received Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing.

Before he tackles on James Bond 25, Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the upcoming Netflix’ dark comedy Maniac, which stars Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.