No Time to Die – the next James Bond film – is set to be delayed again. Two different reports claim that Daniel Craig’s final turn as 007 won’t come in early April as planned and will see his release date pushed back to November, potentially, or some point in the fall season. Naturally, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is to blame. The UK, Bond’s home market, is currently grappling with a third nationwide lockdown, while 65% of cinemas are closed in the US, the top-grossing single market for Hollywood films.
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Dutch publication BN DeStem first announced another release deadline for No Time to Die, with exhibitor Carlo Lambregts noting that the Bond film will jump from April to November. The deadline was then added to the conversation, with the film’s promotional partners telling the US publication that No Time to Die appears to ship in late fall 2021. Neither MGM (the film’s US distributor) nor Universal Pictures (all international markets) did not comment, by deadline.
It seems very likely, given that Sony Pictures has moved their Jared Leto Marvel superhero film Morbius from March to October earlier this week. No Time to Die is only a few weeks later (April 2). This will be the third deadline for No Time to Die, which was originally scheduled to release on April 2, 2020 in theaters around the world. But as COVID-19 swept the world, MGM and Universal Pictures were among the first to move Bond’s next film, pushing it back until November 2020. But the coronavirus had not gone anywhere in November. and the studios ended up delaying it to April 2, 2021.
Interestingly, MGM had considered selling No Time to Die to streaming services, but Netflix and Apple TV + fell at the price of $ 600 million (roughly Rs 4,390 crore). James Bond is a cornerstone of revenue for MGM which, in December, reportedly went on sale at a value of $ 5 billion (roughly Rs 36,580 crore). The most recent entry, Specter, grossed $ 880.7 million (roughly Rs.6,440 crore) at the global box office, and its predecessor, Skyfall, is the highest grossing bond film of all time with $ 1. $ 1 billion (around Rs 8,050 crore).