'Bond 25': Danny Boyle Is Top Choice to Direct

The 'Slumdog Millionaire' helmer is reportedly high on MGM and Eon Productions' list to direct the next James Bond movie.

AceShowbiz - MGM and Eon Productions are looking to tap a director for "Bond 25", which already has %cDaniel Craig% attached to return as 007. And now Variety has reported that "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle is MGM's top choice to direct the next installment of the James Bond movie franchise.

Sources tell the site that no official offer has yet to be made. But Boyle has keen interest in the project, having always wanted to tackle a Bond film. He even directed a short film featuring 007 that was played during the 2012 Olympic opening ceremonies.

The veteran filmmaker, whose directing credits include "Trainspotting", "28 Days Later" and "127 Hours", is currently developing a project for Working Title, but with no cast attached until now, it's possible that his current project is pushed back in order for him to helm "Bond 25".

This news comes after another acclaimed director, Christopher Nolan, ruled out the possibility of directing the untitled spy film despite his longterm interest for the gig. The five-time Oscar nominee had long been rumored to serve behind the lens, but he confirmed to BBC Radio 4 that he "won't be the man. No, categorically. I think every time they hire a new director I'm rumored to be doing it."

It was previously reported that "White Boy Rick" director Yann Demange was also considered a top choice for the job. However, the studio is reportedly looking for a more well-known name to direct the movie.

The 25th Bond film is currently slated to hit theaters in the U.S. on November 8, 2019. Franchise veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are penning the script. The duo have written every Bond film from the last 19 years ranging from "The World Is Not Enough" to 2015's "Spectre".

Sam Mendes directed the previous two installments, which became the highest-grossing films in the series, with "Skyfall" raking in $1.1 billion globally and "Spectre" earning $880 million at the worldwide box office.

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