The latest James Bond film will not be shown in cinemas until 2020 at the earliest. That reports The Hollywood Reporter on the basis of insiders. The producers had a summit meeting today about the situation that had arisen after the departure of director Danny Boyle.

Bond adventure 25 was scheduled for a premiere at the end of October 2019. Now that the recordings have to be postponed, that plan is no longer feasible, sources suggest production. The chances are that the film will only be shown in the autumn of 2020. According to the American film site, that is good news for the competing film  Wonder Woman 1984, which will be released in the cinema in the same period.

The rehearsals for the new, still self-titled Bond film should start on 3 September; the start of the recordings is planned three months later. But no actors have yet been cast and the director’s place is vacant again. At the earliest, the film is now finished in the summer of 2020, but no 007 film has ever been released in the summer. The Hollywood Reporter seems more logical that the film will only be released in the autumn.

Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson announced Tuesday that Boyle is no longer allowed to make the 25th adventure of ‘007’  because of creative differences of opinion. Initiates say that the producers had problems with the script that Boyle (known from  Slumdog Millionaire (2008) ) had written with his regular coscenarist John Hodge. The two made hits such as Trainspotting (1996), Shallow Grave (1994)  and A Life Less Ordinary (1997) .

Russian villain

The Boyle and Hodges scenario would be more contemporary and thematically more pronounced than the previous one. The film would have a Russian villain and be suitable ‘for the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp’. Insiders suggest that the producers still considered these current themes a bridge too far for Bond 25. There would also have been disagreement about the cast of the Polish actor Tomasz Kot as a villain. 

The big question now is whether Daniel Craig still makes sense in the film if the recordings are postponed. The 50-year-old actor said earlier that he had doubts about his return as Bond. He would nevertheless have tackled when he was offered a salary of more than $ 20 million and because Boyle became the director of the project. The pair had previously worked together when Boyle formed the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.