The rumor mill seethed for a long time, but now it is finally official: Daniel Craig plays once again James Bond, Danny Boyle directs. The international marketing rights also go to Universal and the launch date is now known.
Sony Pictures For a long time, Bond fans kept asking themselves a question: who is staging the next agent adventure? Denis Villeneuve? Or even Christopher Nolan? In the end it is Danny Boyle The longest time nobody had on the list. In March 2018, the “Trainspotting” director revealed himself that he will stage the 25th Bond film – but official confirmation from donors has not yet been received. This has now changed, because by press release (via The playlist ), EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have now announced that the international (and therefore German) distribution rights of ” Bond 25 “Went to Universal Pictures and also confirmed in the message Danny Boyle as a director and Daniel Craig as main actor:
“Daniel Craig will return as the legendary British secret agent 007, directing Oscar winner Danny Boyle based on a screenplay by the Oscar-nominated John Hodge.”
Boyle, Hodge and Craig
While Danny Boyle and author John Hodge Having long been a well-rehearsed team, together making “Trainspotting”, “The Beach” and “Trance – Dangerous Remembrance” together, Daniel Craig brings the necessary Bond experience: “Bond 25” will be his fifth appearance as a double zero agent and presumably also his farewell performance, before he makes room for a younger successor (Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hardy or a woman? The rumor mill is seething ).
Daniel Craig gets $ 25 million for “Bond 25”
In the press release, Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli expressed their delight at the cast of the directing role and starring role, announcing that the filming of “Bond 25” will start later this year: “We are delighted To announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will stage Daniel Craig in his fifth appearance as James Bond […] Shooting will begin in December at Pinewood Studios and we are thrilled that Universal will take over international distribution. ”
Universal markets internationally
Traditionally, the new “James Bond” in the US is being released by MGM, for the first time in cooperation with up-and-coming newcomer distributor Annapurna Pictures, billionaire heiress Megan Ellison , For some years now, she has been partnering with strong directors who support her in her artistic visions. Directors like Paul Thomas Anderson (” The Master ), Harmony Korine (” Spring Breakers “), Spike Jonze (” here “) And David O. Russell (” American Hustle “,” Joy “) Got her carte blanche for projects that few believed in Hollywood. Only since the summer of 2017 (with the race riot drama ” Detroit “) But you bring out the films themselves. A Bond film is a brand new house number for the young distributor.
Meanwhile, MGM’s rights to digital and global TV distribution remain. New in the Bond Circus Circuit is Universal Pictures: The film production company has been awarded the international marketing rights and will be releasing “Bond 25” outside of the US, and Universal will also be responsible for the physical home theater releases, DVD and Blu-ray. Since “Casino Royale” (2006) these areas have been with Sony Pictures. It may be that bond boxes with all the films once history.
This was preceded by the acquisition of rights by Annapurna and Universal a long bidding war in which almost every Hollywood company (with the exception of Disney and Paramount) bid.
When does Bond 25 start in Germany?
With the announcement of Universal, there are also the first launch dates. That “Bond 25” should come to the US cinemas on November 8, 2019, had been known for some time. Universal announces but now an earlier date for the home of the spy: Already on 25 October 2019, a Friday, “Bond 25” in the UK start. Of course that raises the question of the German launch date. What is certain is that Britain will have its earliest cinema release. A Germany launch on October 24, 2019 (films traditionally run on Thursdays in Germany) is therefore excluded. Since Universal – as well as before Sony – the start but gradually over the remaining countries of Europe will roll out, we currently believe in a German release on 31 October 2019 and not only – as previously suspected – on a parallel to the US appointment on November 7, 2019.
Since we can not say with certainty, if Universal proceeds in the same way as before Sony, we have made a request and will inform you as soon as we have an answer.