June 29, 2018

It looks like Showtime has put the television adaptation of Purity, a 20-episode miniseries that Daniel was attached to, in limbo. Jonathan Franzen, the author of the novel, spoke with The New York Times recently and opened up about the status of the project. It seems like Daniel has departed the show to do Bond 25. Here’s a snippet from the interview:

It had been Todd Field on the phone. Field, who wrote a good 30 percent of 20 hours’ worth of “Purity” scripts and who was going to run and direct the show, had called to give Franzen the news that preproduction had been halted. Franzen stared straight ahead, trying to refocus on an agenda for the day. Maybe birding? Nah, everyone goes birding with him.

The phone rang again, and again he stood up to take the call. It was Daniel Craig, who had been tentatively cast to star in the show. He was being summoned to do another James Bond movie and couldn’t wait for “Purity.” But, he told Franzen, the entire experience had been extraordinary. He was very sad this wasn’t going to work out. They’d tried, hadn’t they?

June 26, 2018

Congratulations are in order! Daniel has been selected as one of the recipients of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. Among other recipients are Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.

May 25, 2018

Eon Productions and MGM have set distribution plans for Bond 25. Universal Pictures will have international release as well as home entertainment releases. MGM and Annapurna will handle domestic distribution. Bond 25 is slated to be released in the UK on Octber 25th, 2019, and in the U.S. on November 9th, 2019. Production is scheduled to begin later this year on December.

DEADLINE – The deal was just closed 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. It puts the MGM logo front and center as distributor on a Bond film for the first time in nearly two decades.

As expected, Daniel Craig is back for his fifth film as 007, and Oscar-winner Danny Boyle is now set to direct a film that his Trainspotting partner John Hodge scripted based on an idea by Boyle, as Deadline revealed back in February. MGM and Danjaq weighed several directors, but then Boyle had his great idea and said he would direct, only if his concept was the one they went with. He had Hodge write a script that pleased everybody.

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.”

November 13, 2017

DEADLINE – In a move sure to make the Lion purr, MGM and Annapurna are thisclose to announcing they will team on the domestic release of the next James Bond movie. This all should be finalized this week, and rumors are flying today. This follows the announcement that MGM was joining forces with Annapurna in a joint venture, and the way this 007 deal will work is MGM’s Gary Barber and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are calling the shots, with Erik Lomis executing the domestic distribution and Marc Weinstock the marketing for the domestic release. While some might be surprised the historically conservative producers would entrust the crown jewel to a relative newcomer like Annapurna, Lomis worked on the distribution of Bond films before at MGM, and Weinstock marketed two of them while at Sony Pictures.

July 25, 2017

It was announced today that the next James Bond movie will hit theaters on November 8, 2019. No official word yet if Daniel’s returning, but here’s hoping!

The 25th film about the legendary super-spy will hit theaters on Nov. 8, 2019. There’s no word yet on whether or not Daniel Craig will be asking for his martinis shaken, not stirred. The companies said that additional details regarding the film’s distribution, including international release dates, its cast and director, will be announced at a later date. However, some insiders believe that there is a good chance Craig will return for at least one more outing as 007.

Source: Variety

March 14, 2017

After years of speculations and waiting for an official announcement, it has been confirmed that Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara will not return for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel.

A film sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has been confirmed, but it won’t star either Rooney Mara or Daniel Craig.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web will hit cinemas on October 5, 2018, directed by Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alverez, best known for his work on Evil Dead and the horror movie Don’t Breathe. It will feature a whole new cast to the 2009 movie.

The film takes its name from the fourth novel in the Millennium series written by David Lagercrantz, the first not to have been authored by the series’ creator Stieg Larsson. Larsson passed away on November 9, 2004, before the three books were adapted to film.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web will act as the sequel to David Fincher’s 2009 US adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which starred Craig, Mara and Stellan Skarsgard.

The announcement of this new film was made at London Book Fair today (Monday, March 13). In a statement from Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch, the character of Lisbeth Salander is described as “probably one of the greatest female literary characters of all time in my view.”

Panitch adds: “Modern punk defiance personified, she is unforgettable in every incarnation, truly one of the most compelling characters we’ve seen in recent years.”

It is not yet known who will star in The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

Source: NME

October 11, 2016

Some positive news about Daniel and Bond 25, finally!

Sporting a platinum-blond crew cut that somehow gave his head even more right angles than usual, Daniel Craig took the stage at the New Yorker Festival Friday night to discuss his life and career, a conversation in which one question loomed above all others: Was he ever going to play James Bond again? By way of an answer, Craig recalled the time last year he said he would prefer to slash his wrists rather than do another Bond movie. “They say that shit sticks, and that definitely stuck,” he said with a laugh. “It was the day after filming [stopped on Spectre]. I’d been away from home for a year.” The physical strains of the role combined with the distance from his family take a toll, he said. Craig was careful, though, about not seeming to complain too much: “Boo-hoo. It’s a good gig. I enjoy it.”

In the short term, Craig’s schedule is full of other projects: He’s shooting Steven Soderbergh’s NASCAR-heist film Logan Lucky (the reason for the hair), preparing to play Iago off-Broadway, and will star in and produce Showtime’s adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s Purity. He said there have been “no conversations” about the next Bond film: “Everyone’s a bit tired.” Still, Craig didn’t seem like he was ready to hang up the role for good. “As far as I’m concerned, I’ve got the best job in the world. I’ll keep doing it as long as I still get a kick out of it,” he said. Then, later: “If I were to stop doing it, I would miss it terribly.”

Source: Vulture