Following concerns over the Coronavirus, MGM has decided to delay the release of James Bond’s next adventure, No Time To Die.
Well, this isn’t exactly the most exciting news to report on this morning. Mounting (and justifiable) concerns over the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have already had an impact on various markets. With GDC getting cancelled, many studios backing out of SXSW already, we’re only just starting to see the affect it’s having on the entertainment industry.
For movie studios, who often rely on outside markets (especially China) for box office returns, it’s getting particularly tricky. Pretty much all publicity events in and around Asian have been cancelled and whole theaters have been shut down. As such, we’ve heard rumblings of a few studios looking to shift their schedules.
Today, after a week or so of fans pushing and calling for a delay, MGM has made it official that the next Bond movie, No Time To Die, won’t be arriving next month after all. They made the announcement on Twitter:
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. pic.twitter.com/a9h1RP5OKd
— James Bond (@007) March 4, 2020
No Time To Die will now arrive on November 12, 2020 in the UK, with the US release coming on November 25, 2020. It’s a bold move to shift a major tentpole film like this so close to release, but ultimately I think it’s for the best. Crazy times out here my friends.