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“We are working on a script right now,” Boyle told Metro.us on Wednesday night while attending the premiere of his FX series, Trust.
MGM earlier announced that the 25th edition of the long-running franchise would be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who collaborated on earlier Bond films: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
An MGM spokesperson offered no comment on the media report.
Boyle hopes to start shooting James Bond 25 by the year’s end. Before that, he and Love Actually screenwriter Richard Curtis are teaming for an untitled music-themed comedy set up at Universal that the studio is eyeing for an early-summer shoot, if the casting can come together.
“And it all depends on that, really. I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in six or seven weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now,” the Hollywood director said to Metro.us.
“We’ve got an idea. John Hodge, the screenwriter, and I have got this idea, and John is writing it at the moment. And it all depends on how it turns out. It would be foolish of me to give any of it away,” Boyle added.
Boyle is the filmmaker behind Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire (for which he won a best directing Oscar) and Steve Jobs.
James Bond 25 will be produced by Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The franchise has been very successful with Craig in the starring role. Skyfall (2012) earned $1.1 billion, while Spectre (2015) earned $880 million.
The 25th James Bond film is set to hit U.S. theaters on Nov. 8, 2019, with a traditional earlier release in the U.K. and rest of the world.
March 16, 8:45 am Updated to clarify that Boyle is not writing the script for Bond, but expects to direct the film.
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