Official: Danny Boyle Will Direct Bond 25

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The 25th entry in the James Bond series will be released next year. Christopher Nolan axed the idea to direct, ditto Denis Villeneuve who will be working on "Dune" for the next two years, there were other candidates but the name that always kept popping up was Danny Boyle's ("Slumdog Millionaire," "Trainspotting," "127 Hours," "28 Days Later").  


Well now, let's make it official. Boyle has in fact signed up to direct Bond 25. To my shock, because, I've always attested he wouldn't do it due to the below quote he gave to Collider back in 2013.

[Bonds are] not really for me.  The budgets are too big.  I’m better working at a lower level of money really because I like that discipline of not having enough money to pull off whatever it is you want to pull off.  So I wouldn’t be the best person to do those.  

This does say a lot about how things have changed in Hollywood the past 5 years. Boyle's tone in 2013 was that of "No way, Jose I ain't doin' no Bond. I'm an artist!" to now "I'm very excited and proud to hop on-board because, in all due honesty, I can't find financing anymore for my movies so I needed the paycheck and, at least with Bond, I can kind of keep my artistic integrity intact." I'm not saying Boyle won't go back to making more personal movies in the near future, in fact, this paycheck for Bond 25 will most likely help him finance his next, more artistic, film.
“James Bond 25,” opens on November 8, 2019. 

Press release:
EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM) have reached an agreement with Universal Pictures to partner on the worldwide release of the 25th James Bond film, it was announced today by EON Productions’ Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, MGM’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kevin Ulrich and President, Motion Picture Group, Jonathan Glickman, and Chairman of Universal Pictures, Donna Langley.
Daniel Craig will return as 007, the legendary British secret agent, and Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs) will direct from an original screenplay by Academy Award® nominee John Hodge (Trainspotting).
Production on Bond 25 is set to begin December 3, 2018. MGM will release the film theatrically in the U.S. on November 8, 2019 through its new joint venture for domestic theatrical distribution with Annapurna Pictures, and Universal will release internationally commencing with a traditional earlier release in the U.K. on October 25, 2019.
Under this arrangement, MGM will retain digital and worldwide television distribution rights. Universal will also handle physical home entertainment distribution.
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.”
“Under the leadership of Michael and Barbara, 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 Ulrich. Glickman added, “It has been 16 years since Die Another Day was distributed by MGM and it’s incredibly gratifying to be releasing this film alongside the powerhouse team at Universal.”