Boy the title is very unfortunate now, huh?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, producers have decided to push back No Time to Die, the next James Bond film from its originally planned April release date to November 25 because of fears about the novel coronavirus and its impact on the film’s global premieres as well as its box office potential. The studio had already canceled “publicity tours for the movie in China, South Korea and Japan” due to the virus. The Hong Kong release date of the movie had already been pushed back as well. Now, everyone will have to wait until the fall.
Just a few days ago, 007 fans sent an open letter to the production asking them to delay the release, specifically over fears due to the coronavirus. “There is a significant chance that cinemas will be closed, or their attendance severely reduced, by early April,” the letter read. “Even if there are no legal restrictions on cinemas being open, to quote M in Skyfall, ‘How safe do you feel?’”
This is the first major blockbuster to move its global release date as a result of the coronavirus, which has to date sickened more than 92,000 people worldwide, including 120 people in the United States to date. But there are other huge movies that are supposed to open in theaters later this month, including A Quiet Place Part II on March 20, and Mulan on March 27. Don’t be surprised if Bond is the first, and not the last, to relocate to the fall.
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