Distribution plans for James Bond 25 have finally been announced. According to Deadline, Universal Pictures has won the international and home entertainment distribution rights while the film’s domestic distribution will be handled in a joint venture by MGM and Annapurna Pictures.
Daniel Craig is confirmed to reprise his role as one of the most iconic characters in cinematic history for the fifth time. This time, he will be under the direction of Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire). The script for James Bond 25 is written by both Boyle and John Hodge and is based on an original concept by Boyle, who is adamant about directing the film only if his concept was what the film will follow.
You can read the official press release down below:
EON PRODUCTIONS AND METRO GOLDWYN MAYER STUDIOS PARTNER WITH
UNIVERSAL PICTURES TO DISTRIBUTE BOND 25
Danny Boyle will direct Daniel Craig’s fifth outing as James Bond
Production to begin December 3—MGM to release in U.S. on November 8, 2019—Universal Pictures to release in U.K. and internationally from October 25, 2019
LONDON AND LOS ANGELES, (May 24, 2018) – 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, it was announced today by EON Productions’ Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, MGM’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kevin Ulrich and President, Motion Picture Group, Jonathan Glickman, and Chairman of Universal Pictures, Donna Langley.
Daniel Craig will return as 007, the legendary British secret agent, and Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs) will direct from an original screenplay by Academy Award® nominee John Hodge (Trainspotting).
Production on Bond 25 is set to begin December 3, 2018. MGM will release the film theatrically in the U.S. on November 8, 2019 through its new joint venture for domestic theatrical distribution with Annapurna Pictures, and Universal will release internationally commencing with a traditional earlier release in the U.K. on October 25, 2019.
Under this arrangement, MGM will retain digital and worldwide television distribution rights. Universal will also handle physical home entertainment distribution.
Wilson and 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 installment of the franchise. We will begin shooting Bond 25 at Pinewood Studios in December with our partners at MGM and thrilled that Universal 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 Ulrich. 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 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.”
Are you excited to see Craig return for a fifth outing following his work in Spectre? What do you hope Boyle brings to the table to this legendary franchise? Sound off in the comments below.
10 Actors Who Could Play Indiana Jones After Harrison Ford
Indiana Jones is one of the most iconic figures in movies. He has had four big screen cinematic adventures with a fifth one on the horizon currently set for release on July 10, 2020, marking the last time Harrison Ford wears the iconic fedora.
Director Steven Spielberg has already talked about how the next Indiana Jones could be a woman. The reaction to this news was met with the immediate dismissal that normally comes to recasting an iconic character and typically made worse when someone even makes the mere suggestion of race or gender bending a role. A large amount of this backlash comes from the simple fact that to a good portion of fans it is hard to separate Harrison Ford from the part. Just look at how hard it is for audiences to accept Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo.
Yet unlike Han Solo, it shouldn’t be too difficult for people to imagine another Indiana Jones because we’ve already seen other versions of the character. River Phoenix, Corey Carrier and Sean Patrick Flanery have all portrayed younger incarnations of the character and George Hall played a 90-year-old version of the character. There is a precedent for another actor playing Indiana Jones.
It is highly unlikely Disney will let this brand go. The studio could continue the franchise similarly to Star Wars: The Force Awakens or Creed, doing a midquel set between Last Crusade and Crystal Skull or even a reboot of the franchise. The possibilities are endless. But for now, take at look ten performers that Disney and Lucasfilm should consider as next Indiana Jones. Click Next to get started!