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

October 05, 2016

Tickets go on sale to the general public at noon ET October 5 for New York Theatre Workshop’s Othello, directed by Tony winner Sam Gold and starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Daniel Craig (Spectre).

The Shakespearean classic will begin performances Off-Broadway November 22 with an official opening night scheduled for December 12. The limited engagement is set to run through January 18, 2017, at NYTW, located at 79 E. 4th Street, New York. Visit NYTW.org to order tickets.

Oyelowo and Craig will be joined by David Wilson Barnes (Bridge of Spies), Marsha Stephanie Blake (Orange is the New Black), Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards), Blake DeLong (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Glenn Fitzgerald (Dirty Sexy Money), Slate Holmgren (King Lear), Anthony Michael Lopez (The Penalty), Matthew Maher (The Flick), Nikki Massoud (Zealot), Kyle Vincent Terry (Robin Hood) and Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story).

Season memberships for the 2016-17 season are also on sale at NYTW.org or (212) 460-5475.

Source: Playbill

September 30, 2016

Eon Productions want Daniel Craig to return for the next 007 instalment, according to a senior production exec on the franchise.

Speaking on the UK’s BBC Radio 4 Today program, exec producer Callum McDougall, who has worked on the last four Bond titles, said Craig was “absolutely the first choice” for series producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, who run 007 production banner Eon Productions.

When asked if Craig would be returning to the role McDougall said: “I wish I knew. We love Daniel. We would love Daniel to return as Bond. Without any question he is absolutely Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli’s first choice. I know they’re hoping for him to come back.”

Source: Deadline