New James Bond film announced for 2019

By Wade Sheridan  |  July 25, 2017 at 7:40 AM
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July 25 (UPI) -- The next installment in the James Bond franchise has been set to release on Nov. 8, 2019.

The 25th film in the series, studios EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer made the announcement Monday and said the cast and the project's director will be unveiled at a later date.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade who have penned the last six Bond films starting with 1999's The World is Not Enough are handling the script. MGM and EON are still searching for a U.S. studio partner after Sony's four-picture deal with the franchise ended with the release of 2015's Spectre.

Daniel Craig, who has been portraying the iconic British spy since 2006 with Casino Royale, and who was last seen in Spectre, will return as Bond in the new film, the New York Times reported, citing sources.

Following the release of Spectre, Craig originally expressed interest in leaving the role behind, famously stating in an interview that he would rather "slash his wrists" than make another 007 film. The actor changed his tune however and stated he would be willing to return in October 2016 when he said, "Boo-hoo. It's a good gig. I enjoy it."

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