It appears James Bond has a little time…to move his release date from early Summer 2020 to Fall 2020. The spread of the deadly Coronavirus has made the studio push its release date all the way to the very crowded 2020 Holiday movie season.
Per Vanity Fair:
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this is the first major tentpole film to see its release date shift as a result of the growing epidemic.
The outbreak has considerably impacted numerous countries around the world, including China, Italy, South Korea, and Switzerland, among others. As a result, various industries have taken a hit as people have opted to, or been forced to, stay home in order to prevent the spread of the respiratory disease. The film industry in particular has been hit hard, with theaters in China—the second-biggest theatergoing audience in the world—remaining closed for weeks due to the outbreak.
No Time to Die, directed by Cary Fukunaga, stars Daniel Craig reprising his role as James Bond for the last time, in addition to franchise newcomers Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Ana de Armas. The film was shot in numerous countries around the world, including Jamaica, England, and Norway. As THR notes, studio MGM initially reacted to the news of the coronavirus outbreak by canceling the film’s publicity tours to China, South Korea, and Japan. The release date for No Time to Die was also pushed back to April 30 in Hong Kong specifically.
As previously mentioned, No Time To Die now must contend with the following onslaught of big Fall release films:
- Eternals [Cinema] – November 6
- Deep Water (US) [Cinema] – November 13
- Red Notice (US) [Cinema] – November 13
- Godzilla vs. Kong [Cinema] – November 20
- Raya and the Last Dragon [Cinema] – November 25