‘Bond 25’ Candidate David Mackenzie Begins Shooting ‘The Outlaw King’ Next Month In Scotland

Jul 27, 2017


Yesterday, it was revealed by Deadline that Hell or High Water’s David Mackenzie was in the mix to direct the final outing of Daniel Craig’s 007 in the untitled Bond 25.

Omega Underground has discovered after being passed over on Universal’s Scarface (handed to David Ayer who has seemingly exited) he’s looking to begin filming his Scottish epic The Outlaw King next month in Scotland. The film will focus on legendary Scottish hero King Robert The Bruce, briefly mentioned in Mel Gibson’s Bravehart as traitor turned patriot. Although, his exploits were only glazed-over in that film.

Production on The Outlaw King beings on August 21st. 

A true David v Goliath story of how the great 14th Century Scottish ‘Outlaw King’ Robert The Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.


The Netflix film is expected to reunite Mackenzie with his Hell or High Water leads with Chris Pine as Robert The Bruce and Ben Foster as James Douglas. Pine certainly has some heat behind him from last year’s High Water and the massively successful Wonder Woman, this could be one to keep an eye on.

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A quick note on the 007 director hunt.

It remains unclear if these commitments will place him out of the running for Bond 25 which we’ve all assumed will want to begin filming sometime next year. Yann Demange and Denis Villeneuve seems poised to land it as Variety states Yann is a frontrunner, while Denis has been looking for another massive film since January when Forbes linked him for The Batman. Yann will be busy himself with his film White Boy Rick starring Matthew McConaughey that is currently in post-production aiming for a late January release, along with that film’s press tour. Villeneuve seems to be the only candidate ready to start prep work in the fall, something to consider here.

It’ll be interesting who Eon eventually announces as the film’s director.



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