Distribution Plans and Release Dates Set For 'James Bond 25'

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Daniel Craig is confirmed to reprise his role as one of the most iconic characters in cinematic history for the fifth time. While various giants from Warner Bros.to Apple competed for ownership, global rights eventually went to Universal Studios, with MGM and Annapurna Pictures getting domestic distribution. "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".

The production will start to shoot on 3 December this year with a United Kingdom release date scheduled for 25 October 2019.

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 United Kingdom 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.

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The news comes after EON Productions and MGM reached a deal with Universal Pictures to release the film worldwide. The screenplay is based on an idea developed by Boyle, who made using his story part of the terms for him to come on board as director. He said: 'We are working on a script right now.

Craig's involvement was cast into doubt after he expressed a preference for slashing his own wrist rather than returning to the role while promoting Spectre in 2015.

'I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment.

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Sony's Bond contract expired in 2015 and numerous major studios competed for the chance to distribute the profitable franchise.

Ben Whishaw - who plays Q in the franchise - recently admitted he was delighted to hear Boyle had signed up to helm the next movie.

Well, by the looks of it, it seems like just another good day for James Bond fans across the world.

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In an official statement, Bond 25 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli confirmed what everyone had suspected for some time.