The release date for James Bond: No Time To Die has been pushed a full seven months amid coronavirus fears.
As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, events and gatherings continue to be postponed or canceled. Countries and cities in which the virus has started to become pretty widespread are trying to avoid that spread from getting even worse by preventing people from gathering together in large groups as much as possible.
The virus has affected conventions, sporting events, and now even major movie release dates. Producers of James Bond: No Time To Die revealed on Wednesday that the release of the movie has been delayed amid fears that the coronavirus will severely damage its box office numbers. Not a delay of a few weeks, but a whole seven months.
Daniel Craig’s final chapter in the Bond Saga was slated to be released this April. However, that date has now been pushed until November 12, 2020, in the UK, and November 25, 2020, in the US. Since all movie theaters in China are currently closed in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a delay makes sense. After the US, China tends to be the next biggest contributor to a blockbuster’s box office numbers.
This will not have been a decision that was taken lightly by the studios involved as it now means some fierce cinematic competition. No Time To Die was going to get the jump on its rivals by releasing three weeks before the rollout of other summer blockbusters. However, it’s new November release means it will be forced to compete with Marvel’s Eternals and Godzilla vs. Kong.
Fierce competition or not, chances are No Time To Die will still perform well at the box office. Spectre raked in $880 million and Skyfall broke the $1 billion. Its creators will certainly be hoping that’s the case anyway. No Time To Die has the biggest budget in Bond History. Delaying the movie’s release for seven months means everyone involved in the project has even longer to wait to find out if it was all worth it.
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