James Bond will return will return next year, with a confirmed director and release date officially locked down.
EON Productions and MGM announced today that's they've reached a distribution deal for the 25th Bond film, set for release Oct. 25, 2019, in the United Kingdom, and Nov. 8, 2019, in the United States. Daniel Craig will return for his fifth outing as the iconic super-spy in an adventure directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, The Beach). The script is written by John Hodge (Trainspotting), based on an idea by Boyle. Filming is scheduled to begin on Dec. 3.
The deal to move forward with the still-untitled 25th James Bond film was finalized after Universal beat out Sony for international distribution rights. Sony was the co-distributor of the previous four films, starting with 2006's Casino Royale.
A follow-up to Spectre had been delayed for years as MGM searched for a new distributing partner for the tentative sequel while uncertainty surrounded whether Craig would return. Now with its star, director and distributor confirmed, work on a new James Bond film can finally begin in earnest.
"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," longtime Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said a joint statement. "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."