MGM, Eon, and Universal have made a joint decision to delay the release of the 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die, by seven months due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The 25th James Bond film, and the last for actor Daniel Craig, was scheduled to be released on April 2 in the U.K. and April 10 in the U.S. The dates have now changed to Nov. 12 and Nov. 25 respectively.
“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 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,” said a statement issued to Deadline by the three studios.
This actually returns Bond to his normal release window of the fall, a time of year where it has normally launched since 1995’s Goldeneye. The film was moved to April 2020 following the departure of Danny Boyle as director to allow more time for development.
This new decision is sure to have a massive knock-on effect as studios scramble to move films around. If anyone will step into the now vacated April dates remains to be seen. Theaters are shuddered across large portions of Asia currently due to the outbreak, and Europe has begun to follow suit. Instead of seeing films rush to fill this void, we strongly suspect you will begin to see more delays.