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The next James Bond movie is in desperate need of a director. Danny Boyle left the production last month following a rumored conflict with Daniel Craig over casting, but luckily, it looks like a couple of potential candidates may have just entered the running. While no decisions have been made and more potential directors could be met with, it's being reported that Eon Productions and MGM are currently working to set up meetings with American Animals director Bart Layton, as well as S.J. Clarkson, who is set to direct the next Star Trek movie.
According to Variety, meetings with both directors are currently being worked out, so clearly nothing is set in stone yet. However, with the next James Bond film set to release in November of 2019, producers will need to make a directing choice soon if they want to avoid delaying production. Bart Layton entered the conversation on the strength of his recent heist movie American Animals, which came out last month. S.J. Clarkson, on the other hand, has become a high profile name simply by signing on to become the first woman to direct a movie in the Star Trek franchise, which in turn could make her the first woman to direct a movie in the James Bond franchise.
While these names are new, another name that has been hanging around for a while has popped up once again. Yann Demange was under consideration for the Bond 25 directing gig before Danny Boyle was originally chosen to take the job, now that Boyle has left the project following creative differences, it seems that Demange is back under consideration. Earlier talks with the director apparently halted because his new film, White Boy Rick wasn't finished yet. Now Eon and MGM officials will be given a screening of the movie, which could go a long way in determining who gets the job.
One name not mentioned here, who came up previously, is Edgar Wright. While producers reportedly were interested in him at one point, he's not mentioned here. That could mean that he's no longer a frontrunner, though, with so much in flux at this point, it's impossible to know for sure. Clearly, producers are casting a wide net and want to consider all viable options, rather than just pick the first person with an opening in their schedule.
Having said that, the other producers are probably working hard to avoid is a production delay, so it's a safe bet they're looking to sign on a replacement sooner rather than later. Shooting on Bond 25 was looking to start at the end of this year, but the new director will need time to get up to speed so the choice needs to be made.