Trainspotting director Danny Boyle breaks his silence upon his exit from James Bond 25, now potentially called Eclipse, and calls it “a great shame”.
Director Danny Boyle was attached to Bond 25, or Eclipse if the latest rumors of the film’s title are indeed true, until August last year because of creative differences with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. His script was written with his longtime collaborator John Hodge and was effectively scrapped to make way for True Detective and Maniac director Cary Joji Fukunaga.
Speaking to Empire, Danny Boyle spoke about the fact that Hodge and he were working tried and true on the Bond 25 script when suddenly the creative differences between the producers and them arose. He finally called the whole thing “a great shame”:
“What John [Hodge] and I were doing, I thought, was really good. It wasn’t finished, but it could have been really good. We were working very, very well, but they didn’t want to go down that route with us. So we decided to part company, and it would be unfair to say what it was because I don’t know what Cary [Joji Fukunaga] is going to do. I got a very nice message from him and I gave him my best wishes… It is just a great shame.”
Danny Boyle and John Hodge would have perhaps added their traditional, angsty and over the top film style to Bond 25 for what could have been a remarkable milestone for 007. Nevertheless, Cary Joji Fukunaga sure knows how to tell a story and, if the film is indeed the last outing for Daniel Craig as James Bond, well the movie may very well be in good hands. After what he did in True Detective and Maniac, it’s safe to say that the next 007 film will be nothing short of fantastic. It would be awesome to see Danny Boyle attached to another Bond project in the near future, though.
Details on the project are currently unknown, though it is set to be Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007 after having played the character in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, the 25th installment of the franchise is currently eyeing Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek as the main villain. Production is expected to begin this April at Pinewood Studios.
James Bond 25 is scheduled to be released in theaters on 8, April 2020.
Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’
Ben Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.
Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.
Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.
In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.
Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.
Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.
I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.
Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.
Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.
Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.