The 25th Bond film, No Time to Die has been suffering from one setback after another since the early stages of development. The film was originally supposed to be helmed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) based on an idea he brewed with his Trainspotting screenwriter, John Hodge. However, the duo later exited the project due to creative differences, just a couple of months before production was set to commence. The producers then brought Cary Joji Fukunaga onboard to direct from a new script by veteran Bond scribes Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Phoebe Weller-Bridge alongside Fukunaga himself.
Production with this new gang was chugging along smoothly until now. Variety reports that composer Dan Romer, who collaborated with Fukunaga on Beasts of No Nation and the Netflix original series Maniac has left No Time to Die merely three months before its release. Which is a damn shame. Romer certainly would’ve added something unique to the Bond franchise.
According to Variety, Romer left the project due to creative differences. While it’s unclear who exactly didn’t vibe with his music, it’s difficult to imagine that it’s Fukunaga. I’m willing to bet a dollar that it’s the same producers who didn’t like Danny Boyle’s vision for the film that couldn’t quite agree with Romer’s choice of music as well. Do keep in mind that I’m only speculating.
Interestingly enough, it’s reported that Hans Zimmer has been enlisted to crank out a musical score by mid-February. Over the past 10-15 years or so, Zimmer has developed a very unique, bombastic and overt musical style, one I happen to love very much so. It’ll be interesting to see what he brings to the table here. Given its ridiculously short time frame, could we get something less standout as opposed to his usual grandeur as seen in films like Batman V Superman and Interstellar?
No Time to Die is set to release in Malaysian cinemas in April 2020.