With growing coronavirus concerns impacting hundreds of industries around the globe and the virus showing no signs of slowing down, MGM, Universal, and Eon Producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have announced that the global release date for No Time to Die is being pushed back seven months.
The latest chapter in the James Bond saga was original scheduled for a UK and international release date of April 2 and a US Easter weekend global release of April 10. But now the film is being pushed back to a November 12 release in the UK, and a November 25 release in the US, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
The news isn’t entirely unexpected after the film’s China premiere was cancelled last month due to coronavirus concerns.
“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,” MGM, Univeral and Eon announced in a joint statement via the official James Bond 007 Twitter account. “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.”
You can view the tweet below:
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
The delay from the studios and producers is for economic reasons, not based on mounting fears over the coronavirus. An ever growing number of countries have been forced to close theaters due to concerns of allowing the virus to spread, with China alone poised to lose more than $2 billion. In total, the global box office is expected to see at least a $5B hit in 2020. With loses this big at risk, don’t be surprised to see more films delayed.