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Cary Joji Fukunaga Beast Of No Nation__at_Opening in Japan from WikicommonsIt’s been over three years since Spectre released to theaters in November, 2015. As it stands, it will be close to five years before the next Bond film premieres! That’s a long time waiting, but hopefully it will be worth it! Here is the release date, working title, and director for Bond 25 — all of which could change at any time!

Release Date

We’ve now got a new release date for Bond 25, which is slated for April 8, 2020 (it was pushed forward from Feb. 2020 and earlier from Nov. 2019). It wouldn’t surprise anyone though if it got pushed even further to November 2020, the month of the year when the last four films have released. By then it will be holiday season when plenty of folks go out to the movies.

Bond 25 Working Title

We just heard the working title for Bond 45 is “Shatterhand” — but that’s gotta be just a working title, or at least we hope. Shatterhand is just too goofy to be the final name, although the two-syllable one-word title follows the pattern of the last two Bond films Skyfall and Spectre.

Bond 25 Director

After several shakeups including Slumdog Millionaire-director Danny Boyle choosing not to head the film, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli asked Cary Joji Fukunaga to direct Bond 25. Fukunaga directed the Netflix film Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba, and Jane Eyre starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. He has also worked on the first season of HBO’s True Detective and the Netflix series Maniac.

“We are delighted to be working with Cary,” producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement. “His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”

bond 25 twitter boyle outYou can scratch Danny Boyle off your webpage, IMDB, the director has chosen not to head the next James Bond film citing “creative differences.”

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and Bond actor Daniel Craig announced the decision on the the official James Bond Twitter account today, which unless the account was hacked you can pretty much write it in stone.

The upcoming installment of the Bond franchise, like many before, has not been without controversy. It first started when Daniel Craig made it clear he would never do another Bond film after Spectre, but has obviously reneged on his threats.

Veteran Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade had originally been set to write the film, but when Boyle was brought on the job went to Trainspotting writer and long-time collaborator John Hodge.

‘Bond 25’ was originally scheduled for release in November, 2019, and shooting was to begin in December, but with no director who knows how long it will be before production starts. And, will there be a re-write?

Check out this Twitter Poll asking tweeters who the next Bond director should be.

Idris Elba photo by Harald KrichelThere are a lot of folks pushing for Idris Elba to be the next James Bond (after Daniel Craig passes it up). Maybe it’s his English accent or his confident swagger, or maybe it’s because he would be the first black James Bond in the franchise’s 60 year history, either way he’s got quite a following of fans who would pay to see him starring as infamous 007.

But Elba has been cryptic in his responses to such a request. His latest tweet, a response to more publications dwelling on the possibility of him starring as Bond, was simply “Don’t believe the HYPE…”

He also teased fans the same day with the words “My name’s Elba, Idris Elba,” referring to the famous Bond quote “My name is Bond, James Bond.”

Why all the hype? Elba has dedicated fan base, much of which was revealed when the actor was stiffed out an Academy Award Nomination for the Netflix Original Beasts of No Nation. (He was, however, nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor for the film.)

And, it would seem many Bond fans are reluctant about Daniel Craig starring in Bond 25 after promising he would never do another Bond film after Spectre,

 

Danny Boyle Toronto Film Fest 08The next James Bond film will be directed by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire). The film will be the 25th in the Bond franchise, not counting non-EON titles. Presently referred to as ‘Bond 25,’ the movie is scheduled for release in November, 2019.

This will be fifth Bond film that Daniel Craig will star in, following Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).

“We couldn’t be more thrilled than to bring the next 007 adventure to the big screen, uniting the incomparable Daniel Craig with the extraordinary vision of Danny Boyle.” said MGM board chairman Kevin Ulrich.

Boyle and Craig previously worked together on a short film for the 2012 London Olympics. Oscar-nominated John Hodge (Trainspotting) is writing the original screenplay for Bond 25.

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After Sony’s rights to the James Bond franchise ended with Spectre in 2015, it has been uncertain who may pick up the brand for future generations. Warner Bros. has been the front runner (and the most logical suitor), two unlikely possibilities have emerged: Amazon and Apple.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter the two companies would be willing to pay at least or more than Warner Bros. is proposing. Both companies may see the franchise as virtually “untapped” beyond the movie space. For example, sources indicated Apple would be looking to take Bond to television, a space where many brands and services are thriving at this point in time.

An insider told the ‘Reporter’ the franchise could be valued anywhere between $2B and $5B, the lower number being slightly larger than the average NFL team (at about $2.4B).

Source: The Hollywood Reporter