New James Bond Film ‘No Time to Die’ Is Delayed Until 2021

New James Bond Film ‘No Time to Die’ Is Delayed Until 2021

October 2, 2020

The next big Hollywood movie release, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s James Bond flick “No Time to Die,” is being delayed until next year, a result of the woeful economics that studios are facing because of the pandemic.

“No Time to Die,” starring Daniel Craig, will now be released on April 2, the studio said, confirming an earlier report Friday by Bloomberg News. It had already been pushed back to Nov. 20 from April of this year, after the pandemic forced movie theaters across the world to close.

“We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing ‘No Time To Die’ next year,” MGM said in a statement.

Hollywood has a growing inventory of big movies sitting on the shelf because of Covid-19. The only major film that’s been released in the U.S. since the pandemic started, Warner Bros.’s “Tenet,” has attracted a small domestic audience — partly because theaters in New York and Los Angeles are closed. Cinemas also have to cap ticket sales to adhere to social-distancing requirements.

The Bond film, which cost about $250 million to make, will now compete with other big movies for audience attention in 2021. Universal’s “F9,” part of the Fast & the Furious franchise and a major tentpole film, is also scheduled to come out April 2.

The change also means theaters will have no major movies for adults until the end of the year, when Warner Bros. is scheduled to release sci-fi thriller “Dune” and DC Comics installment “Wonder Woman 1984.”

There are still several family-oriented films expected to come out in November and December, starting with Walt Disney Co.’s “Soul” on Nov. 20. Universal Pictures also plans to release “The Croods: A New Age,” on Nov. 25, though that film may move to on-demand platforms soon after its theatrical debut. Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp., signed an agreement with AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. shortening the exclusive runs movies get in theaters.

Additionally, analysts have warned that films could still be delayed or moved to streaming platforms, due to the uncertainty of the pandemic.

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