Earlier this year it was announced that Danny Boyle was circling the director’s chair on Bond 25, with his regular collaborator John Hodge penning a screenplay which – if approved by MGN and Eon – would serve as the next instalment in the long-running spy series.
Well, we now have official confirmation of Boyle’s involvement, with MGM and Eon announcing that the Oscar-winner is set to take the reins on Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as 007 and will kick off production this December at Pinewood Studios in the UK.
With Sony’s distribution deal coming to an end with Spectre, it has also been announced that MGM and Annapurna Pictures will handle U.S. theatrical distribution on Bond 25 and Universal Pictures covering the international and home entertainment markets.
So far, Craig is the only confirmed member of the cast, although Ben Whishaw has told THR that he expects to reprise his Skyfall and Spectre role as Q, stating that: “I believe I’m contracted to be in it. I was thrilled when I read that [Danny Boyle] was going to be doing it. I can’t think of a better, more exciting director for Daniel for the way that he’s taken the character. I think it’ll be really exciting to work with him. I’ve been such a big fan.”
Bond 25 is set for release on October 25th 2019 in the UK and on November 8th 2019 in North America.