After months and months of uncertainty, it seems that MGM is finally ready get the 25th Bond off to the races. Daniel Craig is set to return, having now been in the role for more than a decade, and Bond 25 will be his last time playing the world famous MI6 spy. The film series’ most recent title, Spectre, was met with mixed reception following the highs of its predecessor Skyfall, which many cite as being one of the franchise’s best films to date. James Bond fans have been waiting patiently for the studio to make some sort of official announcement about the next film for some time but finally we’re getting all the information we’ve been waiting to hear.
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The main reasons for Bond 25‘s prelonged period of silence were to do with the franchise’s distribution rights going up for grabs shortly after the release of Spectre, and then the studio also spent a fair bit of time finding a director to entrust the project to. Despite all of this, the film had already been given a November 2019 release date long before any of the outcomes were known.
A new report from Deadline is now confirming that Danny Boyle is locked in to direct Bond 25, while his long-time Trainspotting collaborator John Hodge will be writing the script. Following a prolonged bidding war for distribution rights for the film, Annapurna will distribute the new Bond movie domestically (U.S.), in conjunction with MGM, with Universal having secured international distribution rights. Bond 25 is set for a November 8th, 2019 release but will be opening one week earlier in the UK, as is tradition, on October 25th, 2019. Filming is scheduled to begin on December 3rd.
While we had known that Boyle had been brought in to direct, and aid in the script writing process, the official confirmation will give fans of the series peace of mind, as most seemed to be very happy with the idea when it was first reported. Boyle is a highly talented filmmaker, with a broad range of beloved movies under his belt, from the Trainspotting films to Slumdog Millionaire, not to mention his work in directing the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.
Bringing in Boyle and Hodge was a bold move by the studio, even with their proven track record, as the Bond films have relied heavily on the script writing services of Neal Purvis and Robert Wade who have worked on every James Bond title since The World is Not Enough (1999). The new director/writer duo, however, will no doubt be bringing some fresh ideas to the table, which after the lukewarm response to Spectre may be exactly what the long standing franchise needs.
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Bond 25 opens October 25th, 2019