After a long period of waiting Eon Productions finally announced Bond 25 will start filming later this year.
After waiting for what seems like forever for some real news on Bond 25, today Eon Productions/MGM finally broke the silence.
The main points of the the announcement are as follows:
- Director: Danny Boyle
- Screenplay: John Hodge
- Distribution: Universal Pictures
- Production start: 3rd December 2018
- UK release: 25th October 2019
Danny Boyle was always a likely contender for director since he confirmed he had pitched an idea to Eon earlier this year and John Hodge was working on a screenplay. Daniel Craig confirmed he would return as 007 last summer.
The big news here is the involvement of Universal Pictures. MGM lacks the ability to distribute internationally and has been looking for a partner studio to fill that role and, presumably, co-finance the film. That was the last piece of the puzzle.
Here’s the press release published on 007.com reproduced in full:
Production on Bond 25 will begin in December with Danny Boyle directing Daniel Craig’s 5th outing as Bond. EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM) have reached an agreement with Universal Pictures to partner on the worldwide release of the 25th James Bond film.
Daniel Craig returns as 007 and Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs) will direct from an original screenplay by Academy Award nominee John Hodge (Trainspotting) with production set to begin on 3 December 2018. Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures will release the film theatrically in the US on 8 November 2019 through its new joint venture for domestic theatrical distribution with Annapurna Pictures, and Universal Pictures will release internationally commencing with the traditional earlier release in the UK on 25 October 2019.
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented, “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. 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.”
“Under the leadership of Michael and Barbara, we couldn’t be more thrilled than to bring the next 007 adventure to the big screen uniting the incomparable Daniel Craig with the extraordinary vision of Danny Boyle,” said MGM’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kevin Ulrich. MGM’s President, Motion Picture Group Jonathan Glickman added, “It has been 16 years since DIE ANOTHER DAY was distributed by MGM and it’s incredibly gratifying to be releasing this film alongside the powerhouse team at Universal.”
“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.”