With Danny Boyle departing Bond 25 last month, MGM and Eon Productions are on the hunt for a new director—and it seems the man who made a film about Keenan and Kel working at a fast food place just won’t do. According to Variety, Bart Layton, S.J. Clarkson, Yann Demange, and not Brian Robbins, who also made Norbit, comprise the shortlist for who will take on the next 007 film.
For those unfamiliar, Layton gained fame for his feature fiction debut, the well-received heist film American Animals. Clarkson—who would, notably, be the franchise’s first female director—has done a variety of TV work, including Marvel’s Defenders and Jessica Jones; she’s now set to direct the third Star Trek sequel. Demange—also a longtime TV director—was already a leading contender before the studio chose Boyle, and MGM and Eon execs are now screening his upcoming White Boy Rick (out next week) as a gauge of his worth. Robbins last directed Eddie Murphy’s 2012 comedy A Thousand Words. That film’s damning 0% on Rotten Tomatoes is presumably what’s keeping this Good Burger-maker out of the running. But we’ll see what happens.