No Time To Die Release Date Pushed Back To November Due To Coronavirus
Producers of No Time To Die today announced that due to concerns over the Coronavirus, they were pushing the film's release date back by seven months to November 2020. This is the first major Hollywood movie to respond to the shift, and not a moment too soon.
The 25th Bond installment was due for release in April. It will now begin its run on November 12 in the UK, followed by November 25 in the U.S. There's no word yet on when it will reach the UAE.
Directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Daniel Craig and Rami Malek, No Time To Die was slated for release on April 12 after a world premier on March 31.
The film also stars Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes and Christoph Waltz, Ana de Armas and Lashana Lynch as a new Double-0.
In a statement, the film's distributors and producers said:
“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."
In its new slot, the film will be able to cash in on big holidays in the US (thanksgiving) and will dodge what prodcers saw as a potentially huge bump in the road for box office figures. If the Covid-19 continues to worsen and public gatherings are forbidden, empty seats in cinemas could spell disaster for Daniel Craig's final outing as James Bond.
This is the latest in a string of problems this twenty-fifth Bond has faced, including losing its original director, Danny Boyle, injuries to Daniel Craig and draughting in the excellent Phoebe Waller Bridge in order to modernise the script.
However, thanks to a frankly gutsy decision by its producers, it looks like this Bond film will die another day.