'No Time to Die' Delays Release Date Over Coronavirus Outbreak

No Time to Die, the latest installment in the James Bond franchise, has pushed back its release date due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“MGM, Universal and Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the theatrical marketplace, the release of No Time to Die will be postponed until November 2020,” says the official statement on the franchise’s Twitter account.

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

The flick was originally slated for an April 10th release date in the U.S., following a premiere in the U.K. on March 31st. After the spread of the coronavirus, however, publicity tours throughout parts of Asia (specifically, China, Japan, and South Korea) were canceled, with the release date in Hong Kong originally delayed until April 30.

The film will now be released in the U.K. on November 12, with the U.S. following two weeks later on November 25.

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This news comes after the production companies behind the film were sent an open letter from MI6-HQ (one of the biggest fan blogs for the 007 films), asking to “put public health above marketing release schedules.” The blog also said that the outbreak could affect ticket sales, arguing that the countries where large public gatherings are either banned or restricted have also helped generate close to 38 percent of the box-office success of Spectre, the last Bond film, released in 2015.

The 25th installment sees Craig in his final turn as Bond, with Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Christoph Waltz, and Ralph Fiennes returning as well. Academy-Award winner Rami Malek will also appear as the latest villain for Bond.

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