Danny Boyle won't work on another big studio franchise after Bond experience

Ben Arnold
Contributor
Director Danny Boyle poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere for 'Yesterday' in London, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Danny Boyle won't be rushing back to the major Hollywood franchises after his experience on Bond 25, he has revealed.

Boyle was signed up to helm the latest Bond movie, but clashed with producers over his vision for the project.

He brought on John Hodge, his long-term writing partner from movies like Trainspotting and Shallow Grave, to pen the movie, but it was said that plans to kill off Bond at the end did not go down well.

Read more: Daniel Craig to return to Bond this week

He told Metro: “I learned my lesson that I am not cut out [for franchises] otherwise you’re digging in the same hole.

“I am better not quite in the mainstream franchise movies, is the honest answer. I learned quite a lot about myself with Bond, I work in partnership with writers and I am not prepared to break it up.”

La actriz Lea Seydoux, el director Cary Joji Fukunaga, y los actores Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris y Lashana Lynch, de izquierda a derecha, posan durante el evento de lanzamiento de la próxima película de James Bond, de momento conocida como "Bond 25", el jueves 25 de abril del 2019 en Oracabessa, Jamaica. (AP Foto/Leo Hudson)

He went on: “We were working very, very well, but they didn’t go down that route with us, so we decided to part company and it would be unfair to say what it was because I don’t know what Cary [Fukunaga] is going to do.”

Boyle has long spoken about how he doesn't fit well into the major studio system.

After making The Beach for Fox, he said: “I think I'm better at making films on my home turf, really. You learn from experience and I've learnt that through The Beach. I love big movies, like Gladiator, but I'm better at smaller films.”

Read more: The troubled timeline of Bond 25

Fukunaga, the director of the first series of True Detective, was drafted in after Boyle, using a story from long-time Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

Fukunaga has also penned the script, with re-writes coming from Scott Z. Burns and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

But it's not been plain sailing.

Reports from the set have described a script which appears to be in daily flux, while Daniel Craig has been absent from the set for a number of weeks following an injury which required him to be flown back to the US from Jamaica for surgery

He's set to return to work this week, and producers say that it will not affect the film's April 2020 release.

Boyle, meanwhile, moved off Bond to direct Four Weddings and Love Actually writer Richard Curtis's latest movie Yesterday.

It's due out in the UK on June 28.