In a surprise turn of events, Danny Boyle will no longer be directing the next installment in the James Bond franchise. News of Boyle's immediate exit from Bond 25 was announced via the official James Bond Twitter (@007), and those pesky creative differences have struck once more.

Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25.

— James Bond (@007) August 21, 2018

While I've not loved all of Boyle's output, he's a filmmaker I have tremendous respect for, and I'm always interested in the whatever he's working on regardless of genre. Throughout his varied and prolific career, the biggest budget he's had to work with is the $50 million that was spent on The Beach. I've always been curious to see what Boyle would (and indeed could) do if he was given the keys to a franchise, and Bond seemed like an ideal fit.

The as yet untitled movie had recently set October 25, 2019, as the official release date for what is expected to be Daniel Craig's final performance as the iconic secret agent. Production is due to start this December, but that may need to be revisited as the film is now without a director. At the time of writing, it remains unclear if the script that Boyle and his regular collaborator John Hodge will still be used or if a new writer will be drafted in to rework their material.

For now, it's safe to assume that Bond 25 is still aiming to meet the October release date. According to Deadline, the producer's previous choices of Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water‘), and Yann Demange (Outlaw King) are all back in contention for the role.