News: James Bond 25 Distribution Deals Set

The distribution deals have been set for James Bond 25, one of the most sought after properties in recent years. Universal Pictures will handle international distribution as well as for home entertainment, Deadline initially reported. Domestic distribution is being done by MGM and Annapurna through a joint venture that was signed last year. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Eon Productions previously announced that the 25th James Bond film will be released on November 8, 2019 in the US. It will first be released in the UK on October 25, 2019. Production is expected to begin on December 3rd. 

The deal was finalized by EON’s Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, MGM chairman of the board of directors Kevin Ulrich, MGM Motion Pictures Group president Jon Glickman and Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley.

Daniel Craig is returning as Bond for the fifth time. Oscar-winner Danny Boyle is directing the film that from a script written by his Trainspotting partner John Hodge and based on an idea by Boyle.

Wilson and Broccoli commented, “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. 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.”

“Under the leadership of Michael and Barbara, we couldn’t be more thrilled than to bring the next 007 adventure to the big screen uniting the incomparable Daniel Craig with the extraordinary vision of Danny Boyle,” said Ulrich. Glickman added, “It has been 21 years since Tomorrow Never Dies was distributed by MGM and it’s incredibly gratifying to be releasing this film alongside the powerhouse team at Universal.”

“Universal is extremely proud to collaborate with Michael, Barbara and MGM on the international marketing and distribution of Bond 25,” said Langley. “The unparalleled combination of Danny’s innovative filmmaking and Daniel’s embodiment of 007 ensured we simply had to be partners in the next chapter of this iconic series.”