The producers of the 007 franchise have announced that JAMES BOND 25 will hit theaters on Nov. 8, 2019 — regardless of which studio strikes a deal to release the spy film in conjunction with MGM and Eon Productions.
While Daniel Craig’s return remains unconfirmed, a release date would seem to indicate that he’ll be back to don Bond’s iconic tuxedo once more, as rumors have suggested of late. It’s less clear who will direct Bond 25, but expect producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson to bring out the big guns for the big 2-5, a landmark anniversary in the franchise landscape.
While Warner Bros. and Sony are believed to be the frontrunners for the franchise, I think both Disney and Universal would provide a better home for the property — and not just because they each have theme parks. Sony did a great job distributing the last four Bond films, but how much longer will Tom Rothman be around now that Tony Vinciquerra is calling the shots on the lot? Warner Bros. may find itself under new leadership once AT&T takes over the studio. There are important questions looming over both studios, whereas Disney and Universal seem to be on surer footing. Of course, Disney doesn’t need 007, so don’t rule out Fox, which has had success with its own quasi-Bond franchise Kingsmen.
James Bond 25 is currently slated to open against an untitled fairy tale movie from Disney, though it’s safe to say those two films will likely appeal to different audiences. It will also arrive sandwiched in between a pair of Warner Bros. releases, including a new DC movie. Should Warners reel in the Bond franchise, expect the studio to shuffle those other release dates.
The last James Bond film, Spectre, grossed $880 million worldwide, and the new film hails from Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who wrote all four of Craig’s 007 films. Stay tuned for more, as this whole Bond situation should be coming to a head very soon, especially with Craig making the PR rounds for Steven Soderbergh’s new heist film Logan Lucky.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief