The 25th outing for James Bond will reportedly miss its scheduled release next autumn, after Danny Boyle’s departure threw the production into disarray.
The iconic British director officially left the film earlier this week, after experiencing “creative differences” with both producer Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig.
Now, The Hollywood Reporter claims that Boyle’s departure, as well as that of screenwriter John Hodge, could see the film being pushed back by an entire year.
Production was originally due to start this autumn, ahead of a scheduled release date in October 2019.
“It’s possible that Bond 25 may not hit theatres until late 2020”, The Hollywood Reporter claimed.
“Even before Boyle departed, there was talk of pushing the movie’s release to early 2020.”
Although the precise reasons for Boyle’s departure have not been revealed, it’s thought that a plot involving a Russian villain proved to be a major point of contention.
Producers reportedly became unhappy after viewing the film’s script, which focused heavily on recent political tensions with Russia and a “modern-day Cold War”.
Another insider says that Boyle may have clashed with Craig, after a dispute over the possibility of casting Polish actor Tomasz Kot as the lead villain.
Describing a possible clash between Boyle and Craig, the insider said: “It was telling the producers put his [Craig’s] name on their release saying that Boyle had been sacked.
“I have heard that they wanted to bring that Cold War element in but update it to the modern day. Danny Boyle was in for that. That wasn’t the problem. The problem came in when they were making the final decisions about casting pre-production.”