August 23 2018

Bond 25 May be Starting From Square One

If you were hoping to see Bond 25 in Nov. 2019, I’ve got some bad news for you. Following on from Danny Boyle departing the film, the producers are reportedly looking for a new writer/director which implies we’ll see a page one rewrite of the film.

Bond 25 was originally scheduled to begin filming on Dec. 8 at Pinewood Studios. With this news, however, that now seems highly unlikely. With this possible slip it also seems to indicate the film will give up its Nov. 9, 2019 release date. The film could slide into the 2020 summer box office, but Bond films have not mixed it up in the summer arena since Goldeneye in 1995. Fall release dates have been working for this series, so a Nov. 2020 release date seems more likely at this point.

The rumor is, and I stress that this is a rumor, that Boyle and the producers couldn’t agree on an actor for the villain. If that is true and this comes down to one casting choice, it’s going to be disheartening to see a script and all this work thrown out. There is definitely something to be said for having a vision, and Bond villains are important, but some sort of compromise couldn’t have been reached?

I’ll be keeping an eye on this for sure.

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