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Bond 25: Universal Will sells the Daniel Craig International Film



MGM will distribute the film domestically through its joint partnership with Annapurna, and on 8 November 2019 has set the release date for the US release.

Following a battle between major movie studios, Universal has won international distribution rights for the 25th installment of the James Bond franchise and secured home theater rights.

Domestic distribution for the film, currently titled simply Bond 25 is being handled by MGM over its last year's signed joint venture with Annapurna.

Eon Productions and MGM announced their new partnership with Universal on Thursday night. Under the agreement, MGM also retains digital and worldwide television rights.

The 25th Bond film will first be released in the UK on October 25, 201

9, and will then hit the US screens on Nov.. 8, 2019. Production is scheduled to start on 3 December.

The current lead actor of the film, Daniel Craig, returns for his fifth film as Agent 007, with Oscar winner Danny Boyle, who directs the project based on a screenplay written by his Trainspotting screenwriting partner John Hodge

After longtime Bond distributor Sony's deal with the Specter franchise expired, there was a dispute over distribution rights with major studios such as Warner Bros. and Paramount vying for the next picture.

"We are pleased to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will direct Daniel Craig in his fifth appearance as James Bond in the 25th installment of the franchise," EON Productions, Michael G. Wilson and Ba Rbara Broccoli said in a statement. "We will be shooting with our partners at MGM in Pinewood Studios Bond 25 in December and we are thrilled that Unversal will become our international distributor."

Wilson and Broccoli at the announcement of the deal were Kevin Ulrich, Chairman of the MGM Board of Directors; Jonathan Glickman, President of the MGM Motion Picture Group; and the chairman of Universal Pictures, Donna Langley.


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