LOS ANGELES: The release of the James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’ has been delayed again to 2021 due to the effects of COVID-19 on cinemas.
Film producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, said on Twitter that the 25th installment in the franchise will now open globally on April 2, 2021.
‘No Time To Die’ was originally supposed to open in April 2020 but was pushed back to November 12 in the United Kingdom and November 20 in the United States.
It was one of the first Hollywood films to abandon its release before cinemas in the US shut down in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga stars Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas.
In a related move, Universal moved its F9, the ninth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise starring Vin Diesel to May 28, 2021. Its previous release would have put it in direct competition with Bond.
Other major studios have made similar decisions over the past few weeks. Cinemas remain closed in New York and Los Angeles, two of North America’s biggest markets.
Ticket sales for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’, the first blockbuster to open in theaters worldwide after months of coronavirus-related closures, have not been as strong as hoped for in the US.
The Walt Disney Co. last week delayed the planned 2020 releases of a handful of major movies until 2021. They include Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ and Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’.
Some major releases are still planned 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’ which is now set for December 18.
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