First American picked to direct next James Bond film

Producers of the James Bond films say Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the next installment in the spy thriller series, replacing Danny Boyle. (File/AP)
Updated 20 September 2018
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First American picked to direct next James Bond film

LONDON: US filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the next James Bond movie, set for worldwide release on February 14, 2020, the franchise’s producers said Thursday after British director Danny Boyle quit the project last month.
Fukunaga, who had not been tipped for the role, will become the first American to direct a movie in the storied spy franchise, which began life on the big screen in 1963.
“We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure,” Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig announced on Twitter.
Fukunaga is best known for directing the first season of Emmy Award-winning series “True Detective” and Netflix’s first feature film “Beasts of No Nation” starring British actor Idris Elba — tipped as a future 007.
The 25th Bond film — confirmed as Craig’s last outing as 007 — will begin filming at Pinewood Studios near London on March 4 next year.
Fukunaga replaces Oscar-winning British director Danny Boyle, who dramatically left the project in August due to “creative differences” with the producing team.
His surprise departure, at the start of the casting process, appears to have delayed the movie, which was originally planned for release in Britain on October 25, 2019.
Boyle, 61, who won an Academy Award in 2009 for “Slumdog Millionaire,” had been due to partner again with screenwriter John Hodge on the movie.


The Six: Celebrate the Man Booker announcement with these regional reads

Books from the Middle East to read. (Shutterstock)
Updated 17 October 2018
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The Six: Celebrate the Man Booker announcement with these regional reads

DUBAI: With the 2018 Man Booker prize being announced on Tuesday, we take a look at six books from the Middle East that deserve to be read before the year is over.

‘Where the Bird Disappeared’
Taking inspiration from the stories of Prophet Zakariyya and his son Yahya, Palestinian poet and writer Ghassan Zaqtan’s book is a beautiful novel set in the village of Zakariyya, in modern-day Palestine.

‘Ascension to Death’
Syrian novelist Mamdouh Azzam tells the story of a young girl’s fate in a southern Syrian village.

‘Tippu Tip’
Stuart Laing writes a biography that transports the reader into an extraordinary world with an exotic cast of characters.

‘Elsewhere, Home’
Written by Leila Aboulela, the book is an enchanting collection of short stories that stretch from Khartoum to Scotland.

‘The Merchant of Syria’
Diana Darke interweaves the story of a cloth merchant with the development of Syria in an insightful look at the life of a businessman who expands his trade.

‘The Baghdad Clock’
Shahad Al-Rawi’s extraordinary novel turns life in embattled Iraq into a fantastical world of characters and memories by following two young girls who meet during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.