Yann Demange rumored as frontrunner to direct next Bond film

The director Yann Demange is the frontrunner to direct the next Bond movie, which has a tentative release date of 8 November 2019, according to a report in Variety.James Bond film confirmed for 2019 – but no word on who will play 007.
Demange, known for the IRA thriller ’71, is joined on the shortlist of potential directors by Denis Villeneuve and David Mackenzie, whose respective films Arrival and Hell or High Water both earned best picture nominations at last year’s Academy Awards.


Daniel Craig is also reportedly set to reprise his role as Bond for a fifth time, according to sources, despite comments made on the press tour of the franchise’s last film, Spectre. At the time, Craig said he’d “rather break this glass and slash my wrists [than play Bond again]”. “All I want to do is move on,” he told Time Out magazine, adding that he’s “over it at the moment” and that if he were to be compelled to play 007 again it would be “only for the money”.

The director Yann Demange is the frontrunner to direct the next Bond movie, which has a tentative release date of 8 November 2019, according to a report in Variety.

James Bond film confirmed for 2019 – but no word on who will play 007

Demange, known for the IRA thriller ’71, is joined on the shortlist of potential directors by Denis Villeneuve and David Mackenzie, whose respective films Arrival and Hell or High Water both earned best picture nominations at last year’s Academy Awards.

Daniel Craig is also reportedly set to reprise his role as Bond for a fifth time, according to sources, despite comments made on the press tour of the franchise’s last film, Spectre. At the time, Craig said he’d “rather break this glass and slash my wrists [than play Bond again]”. “All I want to do is move on,” he told Time Out magazine, adding that he’s “over it at the moment” and that if he were to be compelled to play 007 again it would be “only for the money”.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who penned Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre, will write the latest, as-yet-untitled installment. French director Demange, who received the British Independent Film award for best director for ’71, is currently in post-production on the crime drama White Boy Rick, starring Matthew McConaughey.

As Sony’s contract with the Bond series has ended, the 25th film in the franchise has yet to lock down a distributor, although Warner Brothers is seen as the best bet to land the rights.

Franchise producers have also expressed interest in bringing the Dunkirk director, Christopher Nolan, onboard. “I’ve spoken to the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson over the years,” Nolan recently told Playboy. “I deeply love the character, and I’m always excited to see what they do with it. Maybe one day that would work out. You’d have to be needed, if you know what I mean. It has to need reinvention; it has to need you. And they’re getting along very well.”

Despite mixed reviews, Spectre made over $880m at the global box office, making it the second-biggest Bond adventure of all time.

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