Yesterday, it was reported that former Skyfall and Spectre candidate Danny Boyle was a new name in the mix to direct Bond 25 for Eon and MGM. Boyle directed the Bond segment for the 2012 London Summer Olympics which featured The Queen.
Well, Deadline has some new details to add with word that Scotish screenwriter John Hodge is working alongside with Boyle for their own incarnation with a second script. They suggest if the studio likes the version that Hodge and Boyle create they’ll scrap the previous script from Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Hodge has previously worked with Boyle on multiple films such as Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary, The Beach, Trance, and Trainspotting 2. Having a screenwriter tailored to the strengths of Boyle would be a good way to get him onboard.
In my opinion, Shallow Grave remains one of the best thrillers made in the 90s.
Considering production likely isn’t taking place until fall/winter they have plenty of time to get a script together. Producers usually have their locales selected ahead of time and have some idea what they’d like to see with the action sequences. Bond, unlike other major studio blockbusters, tend to do more practical action sequences with a minor amount of visual effects needing less post-production time.
It’s still unknown what studio will end up distributing the film.
Bond 25 is officially set for release on November 8th, 2019.