Universal, MGM to distribute Danny Boyle's Bond 25

Danny Boyle teams up with Daniel Craig as he is confirmed as the next James Bond film director

Danny Boyle signed up to direct next Bond film

Oscar victor Boyle will direct from an original screenplay by John Hodge, who also worked on Trainspotting. The Sony Pictures-owned MGM will partner with Universal to release the film worldwide.

Production will start at Britain's Pinewood Studios in December with Universal Pictures the global distributor, they added.

Craig will indeed star in the follow-up to Spectre under the direction of Steve Jobs helmer Danny Boyle - and filming will begin this December 3. Sony was the co-distributor of the previous four films, starting with 2006's Casino Royale. Sony Pictures handled distribution of the last four Bond movies, from Casino Royale to Spectre, and while EON opted to go with MGM and Annapurna for domestic distribution when the deal expired, many assumed Sony would still be handling global distribution.

The domestic deal through the MGM and Annapurna joint venture seemed likely when that arrangement had been announced, and Deadline revealed the 007 film was going to land that way last November.

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The only plot details we have so far is that Daniel Craig will play a man called "James Bond" who travels the world solving increasingly IT-related crimes that could've been avoided had security staff paid more attention to password security. There's a contract now and it's happening, and he can look forward to cajoling grumpy old Bond Daniel Craig into jumping over rooftops once more.

If you're unfamiliar with Boyle's work (where have you been?), he previously helmed the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, along with Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, The Beach and 127 Hours. The screenplay is based on an idea developed by Boyle, who made using his story part of the terms for him to come on board as director.

In an official statement, Bond 25 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli confirmed what everyone had suspected for some time. "The unparalleled combination of Danny's innovative filmmaking and Daniel's embodiment of 007 ensured we simply had to be partners in the next chapter of this iconic series".

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