The next James Bond film now has an official 2019 theatrical release date in place. Unlike other franchises, the 007 movies don't stick to a strict release schedule. As such, each new film is assumed but never guaranteed. What's even more up in the air is who will star in each film and which director will be attached. When it comes to the 25th James Bond movie and the sequel to Spectre, we know Sam Mendes won't be returning as director. What's less clear, however, is who will be taking his place.
After helping to craft Skyfall, considered one of the franchise's best, the lackluster reception for Spectre looks like it will be Mendes' last turn with the series. As for whether Daniel Craig will return to play Bond a fifth time, early reports seem to indicate that he will. All of that said, there's still been no word when the next take on 007 would even arrive - until now.
EON Productions has announced that the 25th installment in the James Bond movie franchise will arrive on November 8, 2019 in the U.S. and will hit the U.K. and other international box offices ahead of then. While no director or star were announced, longtime James Bond movie screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will be returning to handle the film's screenplay.
Both Wade and Purvis have helped to craft every Bond film since Craig came aboard, so they certainly have a pedigree with the franchise. If the star does return, he'll be in good hands. Of course, a lot can change from now until when cameras will likely start rolling next year. Names like Idris Elba and Tom Hardy have been thrown out with plenty of support, so if Craig does decide to pass the torch there are plenty of notable actors waiting in the wings.
As for directors, we've heard everyone from Sherlock director Paul McGuigan to Christopher Nolan in relation to the film. While we'll have to wait a bit longer to know more details, 007 fans should have plenty to hold them over.
For one thing, Charlize Theron's Atomic Blonde looks to be right up the alley of 007 fans. With a modern edge and plenty of spy action, it will fit nicely into the cinematic gap left by Bond. There are also rumors of the 007 universe expanding into spinoffs. Though those films are unlikely to arrive before the next James Bond, stranger things have happened as cinematic universe take shape.
Source: EON Productions