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Slumdog Millionaire Director Danny Boyle Confirms Bond News

Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle has confirmed that he's working on the next James Bond movie.

The filmmaker made the admission to Metro New York on Wednesday night at a special screening in New York of his new FX series "Trust."

"We are working on a script right now," he told Metro New York, when asked if he's directing the next film in the franchise.

"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."

MGM declined to comment.

Boyle has long been in MGM and Eon's sights to direct a Bond movie, dating back to 2012's Skyfall and 2015's Spectre.

Boyle also said in the interview that screenwriter John Hodge, with whom he has previously collaborated on several films, is expanding on an idea for the Bond film.

"John Hodge and I have got this idea, and John is writing it at the moment," Boyle said.

Boyle confirmed the report Thursday, and also said he does not yet know the details of when and where the 25th film in the Bond franchise will be shot.

Daniel Craig is set to return to star in the new Bond movie. MGM and Eon announced in July that the film would open on November 8, 2019.

Sam Mendes directed the previous two instalments, which became the highest-grossing films in the series, with Skyfall hauling $US1.1 billion globally and Spectre earning $US880.7 million at the worldwide box office.

Mendes said after the most recent Bond movie that he would not continue directing films in the 007 series.


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