Paul McGuigan Eyed To Direct “Bond 25”

By Creative Media Times

Paul McGuigan By Anthony Citrano

There has been a lot of conversations about the future of ‘Bond 25’ lately. A few weeks ago, five Hollywood studios were tied in a bidding war over distribution rights to James Bond. This comes after Sony’s contract to distribute and market Bond films expired with 2015’s ‘Spectre’. Some of the studios vying in this interesting bidding war includes Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Annapurna Pictures.

Now, IndieWire is reporting that ‘Lucky Number Slevin’ director Paul McGuigan might be headed for the next’s Bond’s directing gig. It is still not confirmed whether Daniel Craig is returning for the role, but Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are apparently working on a script. So it’s only natural for the hunt for a director to begin.

Based on the article, it seems that producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are impressed with McGuigan’s work on ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’ that they become interested to put him in consideration. Broccoli is the head of Eon Productions which produced ‘Liverpool’ (starring Jamie Bell and Annette Bening).

McGuigan is an interesting choice, as we have not seen him helm a movie the scale of a cultural phenomenon that is Bond. Which makes the release of ‘Liverpool’ all the more intriguing. Besides, all these might eventually be decided on how the aforementioned studio bidding war will unfold. It is at least good to hear that we are hearing some activity on ‘Bond 25’ once again.