On the whole, James Bond fans were thrilled with Thursday morning’s announcement that “True Detective” Season 1 director Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the still untitled 25th film in the franchise.
“Excited that Cary Fukunaga is directing #Bond25,” wrote one fan. “If you’re gonna replace one visionary director with another, this is a great choice!” Another wrote, “Cary Fukunaga doing Bond is actually a brilliant choice and I love it!”
Fukunaga, whose feature credits include “Sin Nombre,” “Jane Eyre” and “Beasts of No Nation,” will be the first American director in the storied franchise’s decades-long history.
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Some fans, however, said they didn’t care for the news, and one said he was still “gutted” over Danny Boyle exiting the project last month citing unspecified “creative differences.”
I did mention I saw It which I liked, I looked up Cary Fukunaga and saw he directed hit dramas such as Jane Eyre & Beats of No Nation and also wrote 1st season of True Detective, maybe he might be good at Action but we'll see… I'm still gutted over Danny Boyle walking out 😒
— Jack Walker (@JackTheFact29) September 20, 2018
Unless Cary Fukunaga is turning Bond into dark occult horror, I don't care.
— Kimberley Ballard (@babetemples) September 20, 2018
On Thursday, producers on the upcoming Bond film announced that Fukunaga would replace Boyle. Fukunaga most recently directed the Netflix dark comedy “Maniac” starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone.
The new film, in which Daniel Craig returns for his fifth (and presumably final) outing as secret agent 007, will begin shooting on March 4, 2019, in the U.K. for worldwide release on Feb. 20, 2020.
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Sam Mendes directed the last two films in the franchise: 2012’s “Skyfall,” which grossed $1.1 billion worldwide, and 2015’s “Spectre,” which reached $880 million.
See some reactions below.
I am ECSTATIC that Cary Fukunaga gets to direct the next Bond movie. Good for him! 👏👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/heCHw4N1mq
— Rebecca Theodore-Vachon 🇭🇹 🇩🇴 🇺🇸 (@FilmFatale_NYC) September 20, 2018
Excited that Cary Fukunaga is directing #Bond25. If you're gonna replace one visionary director with another, this is a great choice!
— Nicholas Zebrun (@NicholasZebrun) September 20, 2018
Cary Fukunaga Is Gonna Have Bond Doing Rails And Questioning The Point Of Human Existence To Q. This Should Be Good
— Banks (@ANKSBAY) September 20, 2018
I'm into a Cary Fukunaga James Bond movie.
— grrita (@Grrita) September 20, 2018
Cary Fukunaga directing the newest Bond film makes me more interested in seeing it. I hope they allow him the freedom to execute whatever vision he has for the film.
— Jetgirl Says Stuff (@jetgirl78) September 20, 2018
Cary Fukunaga doing Bond is actually a brilliant choice and I love it.
— Sam Forster (@sdforster) September 20, 2018
Cary Fukunaga is a great choice to direct the next Bond film! #JamesBond https://t.co/SwyVC9ULJ3
— paulspieceofmind (@barebones984) September 20, 2018
I don’t really care about James Bond movies at all but I’ll watch the hell out of anything Cary Fukunaga makes so this is huge
— Luke Mayeux (@LukeMayeux) September 20, 2018
That’s the same Cary Fukunaga of True Detective, Beasts Of No Nation and nearly-directing IT fame.
I’ll be watching his new Netflix show (starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill) with even more interest.
Very, very interesting. https://t.co/kdk7C0wUkS
— Ali Plumb (@AliPlumb) September 20, 2018