He will direct Bond star Daniel Craig, who plays Bond for a fifth time, in what is expected to be his last stint as the secret agent created by author Ian Fleming in 1953.
The official James Bond Twitter handle quoted Wilson and Broccoli as saying, "We are delighted to be working with Cary".
When Danny Boyle unceremoniously exited Bond 25 (over dreadfully vague "creative differences"), we despaired. Long-time Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are writing the script (after Boyle took his Trainspotting scribe, John Hodge, with him, along with whatever his new idea for the film was) with no word yet on plot details, casting or filming locations.
Filming of the 25th Bond movie will begin at Britain's Pinewood studios in March 2019 with the worldwide release slated for February 14, 2020, three months later than the original guidance given when Boyle was director.
Notably, Fukunaga wasn't on the supposed director shortlist that surfaced in the wake of Boyle's departure, which included the likes of Bart Layton, SJ Clarkson and Yann Demange.
Fukunaga, 41, made his debut with critically acclaimed Sin Nombre in 2009, before directing Michael Fassbender in a 2011 version of Jane Eyre. He could be the ideal collaborator to send off Craig's acclaimed take on James Bond in his fifth and final film. He wrote the screenplay for last year's remake of Stephen King's IT, and he directed and produced the first series of True Detective - the good one, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.