The release of ‘No Time to Die’, the twenty-fifth installment of James Bond films, has been postponed by seven months amid concerns about the continuing spread of coronavirus.
In February, TheCable Lifestyle had reported how the publicity tour of China for the forthcoming movie was canceled due to the killer disease.
But in a statement on its official Twitter page, 007 announced that the film will be pushed from April to November after “careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace.”
The film’s release, which was earlier scheduled for April 3, was put off until November 12 in UK and November 25 in the US.
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
“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,” it tweeted.
“Just one person, who may not even show symptoms, could infect the rest of the audience,” wrote founders of MI6 Confidential while speaking against the earlier scheduled March 31 premier.
Speaking to the BBC on the financial risk that prompted the postponement, Louise Tutt, deputy editor at Screen International, also said it comes in anticipation that more cinema might close down.
“I think they’re doing it in anticipation of cinemas closing around the world. Most of them have already closed in China,” she explained.
“So even if not another single cinema closed in the world they’d lose the world’s second-biggest box office market for what’s anticipated to be the biggest US release of the year.”
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