It seems even the universe itself wants to postpone Daniel Craig‘s departure from the James Bond role.
Deadline reports the 25th official 007 film, No Time to Die, has been pushed back from its April 10th release date to November 25th amid concerns the COVID-19 outbreak in the Asian markets will depress the film’s box office performance. It was a worry Bond fans addressed to EON Productions in a letter and it seems the company has agreed, though Deadline stresses the virus fears had little to do with it.
Nonetheless, the wording of a joint statement from MGM, Universal and EON’s Barbara Broccoli and Micheal G. Wilson to the site still suggests the virus is an issue. “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 statement reads. “The film will be released in the U.K. on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the U.S. launch on November 25, 2020.”
The reason for those changes in the global theatrical marketplace, though, relate directly to the COVID-19 outbreak and its effects on events or venues where people group in large numbers. Movie theaters are closed in China, for example, which is expected to lead to a $2 billion loss for the market over the course of the year.
The postponement is also a curious new chapter in No Time to Die‘s hard-won battle to get made at all. The project blew past two previous release dates as original director Danny Boyle walked away from the film. His replacement, Cary Fukunaga, also faced delays in production while Craig weathered a new set of filming related injuries. The movie is expected to be his last in the famed secret agent role, but it often feels like the world is trying to delay his departure.
No Time to Die is now set for release on November 25th, 2020.
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