The upcoming 25th film in the James Bond franchise is getting closer to naming its director. The list has been relatively short this time, compared to years past. Not to mention, there is still an ongoing bidding war for which studio will take control of the brand, too.
Last month, it was announced that both Apple and Amazon had entered the multi-studio landgrab to be the new home of all things 007. They join the other big players like Warner Brothers, Sony, Universal, and Fox. Reports vary, but it still looks like Warner Brothers is the leading likely candidate to be still standing when the dust settles.
This also means that director choice is sort of a free for all, but with several prominent names being mentioned. The most mentioned favorite (until today) was Oscar nominated director Denis Villeneuve.
After his landmark film Arrival, his follow up of a little sci-fi sequel called Blade Runner 2049 performed poorly at the box office but still received tons of fan support. Villeneuve is also taking over the Dune reboot/remake, as well as a Cleopatra epic at some point. The question would be, will he have TIME for Bond?
HollywoodLife.com reports that Yann Demange and David Mackenzie‘s names have also been thrown into the mix. But the big news from their unnamed source says that the current favorite is actually Christopher Nolan.
Nolan’s got some great titles behind him, including the Batman franchise with Christian Bale, Inception, Dunkirk, and Interstellar. He would be an interesting choice, for sure.
It has been confirmed that Daniel Craig is returning for the yet-untitled Bond 25, for his 5th time as the licensed to kill MI6 agent. This will also reset a bit of Bond history, meaning that Craig will have held the role for 13 years, one year longer than current record holder Roger Moore.