After a rocky few months that saw Danny Boyle drop out at the last minute - grinding the entire production to a halt and forcing a complete rewrite - Eon and MGM have confirmed that Bond 25 has a director again. Citing creative differences, the Trainspotting director stepped away from the project, leaving Bond 25 with no director.
The official James Bond Twitter handle quoted Wilson and Broccoli as saying, "We are delighted to be working with Cary".More news: Arsenal boss Unai Emery confirms Bernd Leno will make debut against Vorskla
Amongst names tipped to replace Boyle were Christopher McQuarrie, whose latest Mission: Impossible film won 007 comparisons, Arrival's Denis Villenueve, White Boy Rick's Yann Demange and David Mackenzie, the Scottish director of Hell or High Water.
Fukunaga, who had not been tipped for the role, will become the first American to direct a movie in the storied spy franchise, which began life on the big screen in 1963.More news: New Study Narrows Humans Into Four Personality Types: Which Are You?
The new director for the next James Bond film has been announced, with shooting due to begin in March next year. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure, said producers Wilson and Broccoli on Fukanaga's appointment.
Fukunaga is known for directing the acclaimed first season of HBO's True Detective, as well as the indie Sin Nombre and Netflix's first original movie, Beasts of No Nation.More news: Malaysia ex-PM Najib arrested over link to 1MDB, to be charged
Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig said the still-untitled Bond 25 will start filming at London's Pinewood Studios on March 4, and will be released on February 14, 2020.