The 25th instalment in the James Bond series – ‘No Time To Die’ was set to release in April this year. As per the latest reports, the movie has been delayed by seven months.
The official twitter account of James Bond Franchise tweeted on Wednesday.
Bond Twitter feed announced delay in release
MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of NO TIME TO DIE will be postponed until November 2020.
The new release date was mentioned in another tweet.
New release date announced
The film will be released in the U.K. on November 12, 2020, with worldwide release dates to follow, including the US launch on November 25, 2020.
The last James Bond movie Spectre was released in 2015 and grossed $880 million worldwide. 38 per cent of the earnings came from the countries which are now affected by the Coronavirus.
It is recommended to maintain social distance to prevent yourself from COVID-19. This might impact the film business and closure of theatres in various countries.
Other movies like ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ and ‘Mulan’ are committed to their release schedule. If the overseas market continues to be shuttered, other filmmakers might also take similar steps.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, the decision to delay the movie could cost MGM $30 million to $50 million.
‘No Time To Die’ will be Daniel Craig’s last appearance as 007 Secret Agent.
Before the tweet from the James Bond movie twitter account, Bond Fan site MI6-HQ wrote an open letter to the producers of ‘No Time To Die’ earlier this week and called for the delay.
“Developed nations that are suffering from community spread of the virus, including Italy, France, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea have banned large public gatherings. Italy closed all cinemas in their ‘red zone’ last night. The outbreaks in the UK and the USA are just starting to trend towards epidemics,” the letter read.
“Of the countries with large public gatherings banned or restricted, their combined ‘SPECTRE’ box-office was $313m, or 38% of the global haul,” the letter went on.
“We have all waited over 4 years for this film. Another few months will not damage the quality of the film and only help the box-office for Daniel Craig’s final hurrah.”
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