The name is Fukunaga, Cary Fukunaga
James Bond’s new director may sound unfamiliar, but his top work on ‘True Detective’ got him the job
The director for the 25th James Bond movie has been announced. US filmmaker Cary Fukunaga will replace Danny Boyle at the helm of the as yet untitled movie, which will still star Daniel Craig. Boyle, whose work includes Trainspotting and Slum Dog Millionaire, dropped out due to creative differences with the franchise’s producers.
“We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure,” Bond bosses Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said on Twitter.
So who is Cary Fukunaga?
The 41-year-old’s first full-length film was the gritty and tense Sundance Award- and Edinburgh International Film Festival Award-winning 2009 Spanish-language crime drama Sin Nombre, which he wrote and directed.
His next project was a moody, dark and fiery adaptation of Jane Eyre in 2011 starring Michael Fassbender, Mia Wasikowska and Judi Dench. Fassbender won a handful of awards for his vicious, complex take on Rochester.
In 2014 Fukunaga earned mainstream critical acclaim for his magnificent work on True Detective season one (which starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson). He shot the entire season using 35mm film, which would explain the artsy, grainy look. Fukunaga earned praise for a six-minute tracking shot in the show and he won an Emmy Award (Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series) in 2014.
Fukunaga’s next film was the 2015 war drama Beasts of No Nation, which starred rumoured Craig replacement Idris Elba. After production, the movie was bought by Netflix – the streaming service’s first foray into original films. Its release caused a stir when the four biggest cinema chains in the US boycotted the movie because it would be released on the big screen and on Netflix simultaneously.
Despite receiving massive critical acclaim, the film was snubbed come Oscar nomination season. It won the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the Venice Film Festival.
Fukunaga was meant to direct the Stephen King adaptation It, but he dropped out of the project. His next project is with Netflix – the limited series titled Maniac starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, which is on the streaming site now.
While Fukunaga is not hugely famous (yet), he’s an experimental and brave filmmaker whose gritty, tight and poetic style will no doubt keep the Bond franchise fresh. Bond 25 is due to be released in February 2020.