The upcoming "James Bond" film will not hit theaters in April as previously announced.
MGM, EON, and Universal, the studios behind the upcoming "007" installment, have postponed the premiere, according to Deadline.
“No Time to Die” is being moved from its release dates of April 2 (internationally) and April 10 (U.S) to November 25, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
It’ll debut in the U.K on November 12.
“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. The film will be released in the U.K. on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the U.S. launch on November 25, 2020,” a statement posted to Twitter revealed.
The move gives the 25th film in the franchise some competition with Will Smith’s “King Richard,” Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon,” and Sony’s comedy The Happiest Season all premiering the same day.
The publication states that the decision to postpone the film was supported by
everyone involved with the film.
While the delay coincides with growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak that’s spreading globally and shuttering productions and projects everywhere, Deadline reports it is, “purely an economic decision we understand, and not one based on growing fears over the coronavirus.”
However, MGM was closely monitoring the situation with theaters closing across Korea, Japan, Italy, and France. Their decision also comes following a massive petition from fans calling for the film to postpone its release date.
Many fans supported the decision and pointed out that it's fitting since November is known as “Bond month." Many of the franchise's films, starting with 1995's "Goldeneye", have debuted towards the end of the year.