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Bond 25 confirms production, release dates; Boyle to direct

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May 29, 2018, 3:25 PM EDT (Updated)

When last we heard about Bond 25, we knew that Daniel Craig was on board and that Sunshine director Danny Boyle was basically a sure thing for the spy franchise’s milestone movie. We also knew that much of the production and release scheduling depended on the screenplay. Was it finished? Was it good enough for Boyle? Apparently now it is.

In fact, now the preproduction with the film has reached a point where it seems like everything is solidified enough to do some real planning. Deadline reports that some of this planning is downright specific.

Not only is Bond 25 (they better come up with a title pretty soon) setting a production date of December 3, it has two release dates -- one for the UK and one for the U.S. The British will receive the film on October 25, 2019, while Americans will have to wait a few weeks, until November 8 of that year.

EON’s Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a joint statement that they “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. We will begin shooting Bond 25 at Pinewood Studios in December.”

MGM will release the film in America through its joint venture for domestic theatrical distribution with Annapurna Pictures (making it MGM’s first Bond since Die Another Day, 16 years ago), while Universal will be handling the film internationally. That’s a big get for all companies involved, since Bond is a huge franchise to work with and was hard-won by all during a rumor-heavy bidding war. Now that the dust has settled, 007 will be following a timetable as he heads toward 25.