4th March 2020
The global release of No Time To Die has been pushed to November
By MI6 Staff
The global release of the 25th James Bond film 'No Time To Die' has been delayed for seven months. With cinemas closed, or sparsely attended, in key foreign markets due to the coronavirus outbreak, EON Productions, MGM, and Universal opted to postpone the planned release from April to November. The decision comes with just four weeks until the original world premiere date of March 31st, 2020.
An official statement read: "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 US launch on November 25, 2020."
British newspapers covered the story on almost all of their front pages on Thursday, as outbreaks in the UK and USA grew.
Analysis done by the Hollywood Reporter estimates the delay cost between $30m-$50m. That is approximately half what the Chinese box-office was expected to be prior to the coronavirus outbreak. Moving the film to November is estimated to have saved potential box-office losses of around $300m.
Many books and merchandise releases tied into the film have also been pushed back to November. Swatch, Omega, Triumph, and N.Peal are still releasing their products as planned. Daniel Craig's scheduled appearance on the Tonight Show has been pulled, but he will continue to host Saturday Night Live in the USA this weekend. The Bond special for the new series of the Graham Norton Show in the UK is also expected to be canceled.