It is a testament to the power of television.
He replaces the British director Danny Boyle, who quit last month citing "creative differences".
Fukunaga is best known for his Netflix feature film Beasts of No Nation, as well as his work directing the entire first season of HBO's critically acclaimed crime drama, True Detective. The connection to Elba has excited fans of...
"We are delighted to be working with Cary", Wilson and Broccoli said in a joint statement.
The appointment will be a disappointment for SJ Clarkson after earlier this month it was suggested she could become the first ever female director of a 007 film.
Provided everything goes according to plan, Bond 25 will begin filming in London at Pinewood Studios on 4 March 2019, with a target release date of 14 February 2020. Fukunaga's next project, the Emma Stone and Jonah Hill-starring limited series Maniac, is set to debut on Netflix this weekend.
Fukunaga was also in line to direct the recent adaptation of Stephen King's It, having worked extensively on its pre-production, though he exited before filming began. Here was a chance for a true visionary auteur to grab the reins of the franchise, going right out the damn window (and taking a John Hodge script with him).