MGM and Universal are delaying the latest film in the James Bond universe, No Time to Die. It was originally scheduled for release in April.
This is the first – but likely not the last – major production to be delayed out of concerns that its debut could exacerbate the spread of coronavirus. According to an official tweet, the delay came “after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace.”
On Monday, James Bond fansite MI6 HQ called on the film to be delayed.
“With the Coronavirus reaching pandemic status, it is time to put public health above marketing release schedules and the cost of canceling publicity events,” the site’s staff wrote.
The new release date has already been set. No Time To Die will now debut in theaters on November 12 in the UK and November 25 in the US. MGM says that other global release dates will be announced later.
As we previously reported, No Time to Die is the 25th film in the spy franchise. It features Daniel Craig returning as James Bond along with the new 007, Lashana Lynch. The film’s director is Cary Joji Fukunaga.