MGM announced on Monday that James Bond will be back in action in 2019. While the company announced the release date of the upcoming film, there are details to figure out still.
No word of Daniel Craig returning to the suave spy role was said, and the studio is still looking for the director and cast, as well as distributor.
James Bond 25, it’s happening
Agent 007 is back for the 25th installment in the James Bond franchise.
MGM announced the big new on Monday, though there are still many details to work on.
The yet untitled movie is being produced by Eon Productions and MGM, as usual. Also, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who are essentially the gatekeepers of Bond, are going to produce the movie, as usual.
According to the company, the script will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Wade and Purvis have previously worked together in six Bond films, beginning with 1999’s ‘The World Is Not Enough’.
MGM said in a statement on Monday that “details regarding distribution, including international release dates, the film’s cast, and director, will be announced at a later date.”
Meaning that Warner Bros., Fox, Sony, and Universal are among the studios that would like to release the latest Bond, with some insiders giving a slight edge to Warners.
The 25th movie will be released on the same day that Walt Disney Studios is scheduled to debut a new live-action fairy tale, though Disney has yet to disclose the title of the film.
Craig-less Bond or what?
After filming the most recent Bond movie, ‘Spectre’, in 2015, Daniel Craig sounded less than thrilled about continuing the role, which he took over from Pierce Brosnan in 2006 with ‘Casino Royale’.
“I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists [than continue as Bond],” he told Time Out magazine in October 2015.
“No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”
In recent months, rumors of Idris Elba taking on the 007 agent role have flooded the Internet. However, reports say that Craig’s return to the suave spy role is a sure thing and that he just has to sign the contract.
Sean Connery was the first to portray the famed spy on the big screen, followed by David Niven, George Lazenby, Sir Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Brosnan, and Craig.
Moore died at the age of 89 in May after a brief battle with cancer.
Source: Los Angeles Times