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Bond Series Producer Would Consider Hiring A Female Director For Bond 25

Will Bond 25 follow in the footsteps of Wonder Woman? Based on recent comments by longtime franchise producer Barbara Broccoli, it could happen.

Speaking with Screen Daily during the Toronto International Film Festival, Broccoli fielded a handful of questions about the future of the well-loved Bond film series. Given the recent news that Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins just signed a deal to reportedly become the highest-paid female director in Hollywood, Broccoli was naturally asked about whether the Bond franchise studio would ever consider hiring a female director for Bond 25 or beyond. 

Broccoli said "of course" she'd consider that possibility. She then referenced the movie Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, which she produced, that premiered at TIFF, using it as a jumping-off point for her explanation. "There are a lot of women working on this production [Film Stars] which pleases me very much. It's incredibly important to support change in front of and behind the camera. I love working with women. It's a different vibe," said Broccoli.

Her comments come amidst some serious male director shake-ups over at Lucasfilm, with Colin Trevorrow exiting and Star Wars: The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams replacing him for Episode IX. 

The 25th Bond film already has a release date and its leading man set in stone, but the director is still a mystery. Previous reports indicated that there are three frontrunners to take the reins for Bond 25, and they're actually quite surprising picks: Denis Villenueve (Arrival), David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water), and Yann Demange ('71). Perhaps a female filmmaker will join the mix, and maybe even land the job in the end. 

However, Bond 25 isn't scheduled for release until November 8, 2019, so it'll be quite a while before we find out who will actually sit in the director's seat, female or otherwise. 

As we wait patiently until then, discover the untold truth of James Bond.