James Bond Fans ‘Ecstatic’ About Cary Joji Fukunaga Directing 25th Film: ‘Brilliant Choice’

On Thursday, producers announced that the Season 1 “True Detective” director would replace Danny Boyle

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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  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.

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.”

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.

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.