Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig shocked the world on Tuesday with the announcement that Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs) would no longer be directing Bond 25 due to creative differences. Now, both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter are hearing that this will mean the Bond 25 release date will have to be moved back as well.
The 25th James Bond movie was scheduled to start filming on December 3 for an October 25, 2019 release in the U.K. and November 8, 2019 release in the U.S. MGM will release the film theatrically in the U.S. through its new joint venture with Annapurna Pictures, and Universal Pictures will release Bond 25 internationally.
According to the trades, it is back to the drawing board for the 007 producers after Boyle and his co-writer, John Hodge, delivered a draft of the script that was not approved by Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, and Daniel Craig. Once Boyle exited, word was sent out that they are looking for a writer or a writer/director to board the film. A previous draft of the script was written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who wrote Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and SPECTRE.
Before Boyle, other frontrunners to direct were David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water), Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), and Yann Demange (White Boy Rick), but there are also rumors that the Bond 25 producers might be eyeing Christopher McQuarrie, who has had great success with the last two Mission: Impossible movies.
If the 25th James Bond movie does move back to 2020, it is expected it would be another late release that year. One movie set to benefit greatly from a Bond 25 release date change would be Wonder Woman 1984, which is set to hit theaters on November 1, 2019.
Daniel Craig will return as 007 in the Bond 25. He has played the secret agent in four films so far, including Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), and SPECTRE (2015). He also made a guest appearance as Bond in the Danny Boyle-directed opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, alongside Queen Elizabeth II.