Per a listing on IMDB, it seems Christopher Nolan’s production company Syncopy may be producing the next installment of the Bond franchise which has now led to much speculation that the masterclass filmmaker could be directing the film.
The Bond franchise itself has been without a distributor since 2015 after Eon Productions, the production company which licenses the rights to distribute the Bond films chose not to renew Sony’s contract to distribute the Bond films. The last we heard, five studios in Hollywood had entered a bidding war for the distribution rights including Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Annapurna Pictures.
As for a director, Paul McGuigan (Sherlock) is rumored to be being considered for the project. Daniel Craig is also reportedly close to committing to suit back up as 007 once again. It was also reported that Bond veteran screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have written the script for the next installment of the series but we have yet to hear any official announcements.
The new rumor began yesterday when Birth.Movies.Death editor-at-large Phil Noble Jr. tweeted a screencap of the listing referring to it as “nonsense”. But according to the fan account Bond25Film, the listing is accurate as the fan claims to verified the listings authenticity with IMDB. You can check out the tweets below.
IMDbPro – because this is totally info worth paying for. pic.twitter.com/jW4LwWwqbv
— Phil Nobile Jr. (@PhilNobileJr) May 3, 2017
— Bond 25 (@Bond25Film) May 4, 2017
Could there be something to this listing? Sure. But does this mean Syncopy is producing Bond 25 and Nolan will be directing? Absolutely not. While Nolan is a huge fan of the iconic spy and would no doubt be an incredible choice for the franchise, the director seems to be keen on getting away from established IP’s and producing original content instead. When asked on BBC Newsnight two years about the prospect of him directing a Bond film, Nolan said the franchise was doing fine without him.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the Bond franchise as we learn it.