Though many of the details regarding the 25th EON Productions film based on Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 have been known for sometime, they finally became a reality today as EON and MGM announced their plans for the film, set to begin production in December.
The still untitled film will star Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as the British superspy. Trainspotting director Danny Boyle will helm the project, as first speculated late last year. The film is set for release on November 8th, 2019 in the US and October 25th in the UK. Plot details are, of course, classified top secret, but an interesting wrinkle for watchers of the business is MGM’s new distribution partners.
Ending their long-term relationship with Sony, Annapurna Pictures will distribute the film in the US while Universal will handle the international rollout. This is a huge change for the Bond films as Sony has been involved in the series since 2006’s Casino Royale. For the viewer, this turn of events may not matter unless you like the uniformity of the home video box art in the most recent James Bond series box sets.
Curiously, MGM and EON are once again avoiding the topic of Craig’s continuing presence in the series following Bond 25; which suggests they may be angling to get him to come back once more. But considering how he felt about returning for this one during the press tour of Spectre, it might take buying him Iceland to get him back for Bond 26.
Bond 25 opens on November 8th, 2019.