James Bond 25 delayed following Danny Boyle’s exit
UPDATE: Following the below report, Deadline brings word that Bond 25 may still have its sights set on the November 8, 2019 release date, but that will all depend on if a replacement director can be found within the next two months. Stay tuned for further updates. The original story follows.
Following the recent announcement that director Danny Boyle had exited the latest James Bond installment, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Bond 25 will now miss its previously set November 2019 release date.
With the delay, the outlet notes that sources think the untitled Bond 25 movie could be released in late 2020. The movie was initially going to be released a week after the Wonder Woman 1984 sequel, but the film will have to wait until a new director is brought onboard.
EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM) recently reached an agreement with Universal Pictures to partner on the worldwide release of the 25th James Bond film. Daniel Craig will return as 007, the legendary British secret agent, but there is no word yet on who will now direct from an original screenplay by Academy Award nominee John Hodge (Trainspotting).
Production on Bond 25 was set to begin at the end of the year on December 3. MGM was set to release the film theatrically in the U.S. on November 8, 2019, through its new joint venture for domestic theatrical distribution with Annapurna Pictures, with Universal initially set to 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.
The 24th James Bond film, Spectre, opened in U.S. theaters on November 16, 2015. The film earned $200 million domestically and $680.6 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $880.7 million.