The release of the James Bond movie “No Time to Die” has been delayed again, this time to 2021, due to the effects of COVID-19 on the theatrical world.
MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, said on Twitter Friday that the franchise’s 25th installment will now open worldwide on April 2, 2021.
“No Time To Die” was originally due to open in April 2020, but was pushed back to November 12 in the UK and November 20 in the US It was one of the first Hollywood films to drop out of release before US cinemas closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga’s film stars Daniel Craig as 007, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas.
Other major studios have made similar decisions in recent weeks.
Movie theaters remain closed in New York and Los Angeles, two of North America’s largest markets.
Ticket sales for Warner Bros. ‘Tenet’, the first blockbuster to hit theaters worldwide after months of closures related to the coronavirus, has not been as strong as hoped in the US
The Walt Disney Co. last week delayed the scheduled releases of a handful of major films in 2020 to 2021.
They include Marvel’s “Black Widow” and Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story.” Universal Pictures has postponed “Candyman” until next year.
Some major releases are still scheduled for 2020. They include “Wonder Woman 1984”, which was pushed back to Christmas after multiple delays, and Kenneth Branagh’s mystery “Death on the Nile”. It is now set for December 18.