The 25th instalment of the James Bond franchise is officially on the way, with a director and release date announced.
Daniel Craig is poised to reprise his role as 007 for the fifth time following Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre, and this time he’ll be working with Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle.
Yes, after a long period of rumours and speculation, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures has confirmed that Boyle, whose many standout credits include Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, 127 Hours, and Trainspotting, will indeed be directing. The screenplay comes from John Hodge, Boyle’s longtime collaborator, who wrote Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary, The Beach, Trance and T2 Trainspotting.
“We are delighted to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as James Bond in the 25th instalment of the franchise,” producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement. “We will begin shooting Bond 25 at Pinewood Studios in December with our partners at MGM and thrilled that Universal Pictures will be our international distributor.”
Universal Pictures won international distribution rights a few days ago, locking down a U.K. release date of 25 October 2019 and a U.S. release date of 8 November 2019. MGM retains digital and worldwide TV distribution rights.
“Universal is extremely proud to collaborate with Michael, Barbara and MGM on the international marketing and distribution of Bond 25,” said Chairman of Universal Pictures Donna Langley. “The unparalleled combination of Danny’s innovative filmmaking and Daniel’s embodiment of 007 ensured we simply had to be partners in the next chapter of this iconic series.”
Production on the new Bond film will begin on December 3.