Blade Runner 2049's Denis Villenueve Not Directing Bond 25; Chooses To Focus On Dune Adaptation

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Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villenueve was one of the top choices to direct Daniel Craig's (possibly) last Bond movie, but it looks like MGM will have to find someone else to helm the film.

Talking to the Playlist, Villenueve talks about how he passed on directing Bond so he can focus on the live-action adaptation of Dune. He says:

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"The thing is I don't know about that, but listen. Daniel Craig is a very inspiring actor and I had some contact and the thing is that I'm busy right now doing Dune. But, I will say to have the privilege to work with him it would be a dream. I would love to work with Daniel and a Bond movie for me would be a treat. It's a matter of timing, I guess."

Along with Villenueve, director Christopher Nolan was said to be in the shortlist of people to helm Bond 25, and with Villenueve out of the picture, it seems that Nolan directing the film is a lot closer to happening. It must feel like a missed opportunity for Daniel Craig who has stated that he wanted the chance to work with Villenueve for Bond.

Despite the critical acclaim it got, Blade Runner 2049 was considered to have underperformed in the box office; hopefully that doesn't mean that Hollywood will be giving Villenueve less movies to direct. He's actually quite the visionary, and it's a shame he won't be able to make his mark on the Bond franchise.

Then again, I'm also a huge fan of Nolan, and I would love to see what he brings to the table.

Bond 25 is set for a release on Nov. 8, 2019.

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