More and more events are being cancelled and postponed with the growing global surge of the Coronovirus. DC pulled out of its participation in Emerald City Comic Con and other March events. Today, the latest cancellation was announced with MGM pushing the release of the new James Bond film, No Time to Die, from April to November 25.
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
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The interesting thing is the James Bond films of the Daniel Craig era have traditionally been released in the fall. Skyfall was the earliest with an Oct. 25, 2012 release and Casino Royale was the latest at Nov. 15 in 2006. Pushing No Time to Die to its more traditional release schedule makes a lot of sense.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Coronovirus continues playing out over the next few weeks.
With the Coronovirus showing no signs of slowing down, this might signal the first of many domestic delays for high profile films set to release in the Spring like A Quiet Place II, The New Mutants and Black Widow.
Domestic isn’t the big concern for movie studios right now however as it’s the global market that’s being most significantly impacted specifically in major market China. The last Bond film, Spectre, earned $83.5 million in China alone.