Fukunaga, 41, replaces British director Danny
Boyle, who pulled out of the as yet untitled film last month due
to "creative differences".
Filming of the 25th Bond movie will begin at Britain's Pinewood
studios in March 2019 with the worldwide release slated for Feb.
14, 2020, three months later than the original guidance given
when Boyle was director.
The Bond franchise is one of the movie world's most lucrative
with 2015's "Spectre," directed by Sam Mendes, raking in $880
million at the box office worldwide, while "Skyfall" in 2012,
also directed by Mendes, grossed more than $1 billion globally.
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said of their
new director: "His versatility and innovation make him an
excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure."
Fukunaga directed the 2015 war film "Beasts of No Nation"
starring Idris Elba.
He will direct Bond star Daniel Craig who plays Bond for a fifth
time, in what is expected to be his last stint as the secret
agent created by author Ian Fleming in 1953.
(Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru and Sarah Young; Editing
by Stephen Addison)
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