Among the many questions surrounding the 25th James Bond movie is who’s going to be sitting in the director’s chair. Sam Mendes, who helmed the last two 007 adventures – Skyfall and Spectre – has long since confirmed he wouldn’t be back. With Neal Purvis and Robert Wade penning a script for a possible shoot later this year, the identity of the new director is likely to need resolving soon.
Enter Paul McGuigan, whose big screen work has included Lucky Number Slevin, Gangster Number 1 and Victor Frankenstein. McGuigan is reported to be on Eon Productions’ list after the company was said to be pleased with the job he did directing another picture for them, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool.
McGuigan is also the man who directed four of the first six episodes of Sherlock, as well as the opening episode of Luke Cage for Marvel, among many other impressive TV credits.
It’s unknown who else may be in the running for the James Bond 25 director’s job. Likewise, we’ve not yet had it confirmed – although it’s looking increasingly likely – that Daniel Craig will be returning for the next 007 film as well. Eon is also courting offers from five studios for a new distribution deal since its previous one with Sony expired after Spectre.
We’ll keep you posted as we hear more. It’s presumed that James Bond 25 will be released towards the end of 2018.