Danny Boyle Not Directing Next Bond Film: “Too Much Money, Too Much Expectation”

Mark Deming
Movie Talk

Danny Boyle is NOT directing the next Bond movie. As far as he's concerned, he's been there, done that.

Boyle, the filmmaker behind "Trainspotting," "28 Days Later," and "Slumdog Millionaire," has been talked up as a likely candidate for the assignment, especially after directing the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics, which included a Bond spoof that featured Daniel Craig as 007 and Queen Elizabeth as herself.

But in a recent interview, Boyle made it clear he's not in the running for the 24th Bond movie, joking, "I've already done one. You've seen it. Stellar cast as well."

Boyle had been high on the list of possible directors for Bond 24 after Sam Mendes, who turned "Skyfall" into a box office blockbuster and critical success, announced he would not return for the next movie with the British super spy. Now Boyle made it clear he won't do Bond 24, and has his reasons for staying out of it.

"I'm not really the guy for those movies," Boyle said. "What we do, right, is we use genre - you take a genre, like this has got a few genres running in it, you use a genre to try and get you in the mainstream. It's a vehicle to boost you into the mainstream. And then you f--- with the genre. You twist it and change it and move it around. You can't do it on those big movies. You genuflect in front of them. Too much money, too expectation. It's the faith of the fans, it's all that. You've got to be very careful. It's very tempting of course - I love the movies, I love the books, but I'm not the right guy for those."

Besides, Boyle has enough to keep him occupied right now. His latest film, "Trance," goes into limited release on April 5. It concerns a thief (James McAvoy) who steals a valuable painting for his boss (Vincent Cassel), a powerful gangster. When the thief suffers a head injury that robs him of his memory, he turns to a hypnotist (Rosario Dawson) to help him remember where he stashed the artwork before the mobster responds with violence.

And Boyle also has another much talked about project on the horizon - the long awaited sequel to "Trainspotting." Boyle has been dropping hints about a follow-up to his 1996 indie smash about Scottish drug addicts, and he spoke about how closely his film might follow "Porno," the novel from "Trainspotting" author Irvine Welsh that follows the same characters years down the line.

"The original movie ('Trainspotting') is inspired by the original book, (but) I wouldn't say it's a direct adaptation, and I think we'll bring the same idea to 'Porno,'" Boyle said. "The vision comes from Irvine as a writer, and this gallery of characters, and then we live the screenwriter, John Hodge hopefully, with the freedom to explore that. And then we try to develop a script that's good enough to attract those actors to come back and do those characters again."

Boyle was vague but hopeful about the possibility of Ewan MacGregor and the rest of the original cast returning. "We'll approach all the actors at the same time, in the same way," Boyle said. "Because that was the way we did the original, and we'll try to do that as well with this."

Watch the theatrical trailer for 'Trance':