It’s official – Danny Boyle will direct the as-yet untitled 25th James Bond adventure. Boyle’s writing partner, John Hodge has written the spy-thriller and Daniel Craig will return to play James Bond for a fifth and final time.
Universal Pictures and Annapurna Pictures won a bidding war to distribute the film (taking over from Sony Pictures after a ten year run), with it gearing-up with the shoot to begin on 3 December 2018, with a UK release on 25 October, with it hitting US screens on 8 November.
Here’s the word from EON:
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. It has been 21 years since TOMORROW NEVER DIES was distributed by MGM and it’s incredibly gratifying to be releasing this film alongside the powerhouse team at Universal Pictures,” said MGM’s President, Motion Picture Group Jonathan Glickman and Chief Operating Officer Christopher Brearton in a joint statement.
“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.”