No time to die, the 25th James Bond film, has been postponed for a whole year. It will now arrive on April 2, 2021, the producers of the film confirmed today.
Originally, the film was supposed to arrive in April 2020, before being delayed until November due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new deadline gives the world five more months to potentially recover and for people to decide when they’re ready to take on theaters again.
MGM, Universal and Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today announced the release of NO TIME TO DIE, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until April 2, 2021 in order to be seen by a public world cinema. pic.twitter.com/NqHlU24Ho3
– James Bond (@ 007) October 2, 2020
Of course, Bond isn’t alone: many big tentpole films have been delayed until next year, including Black Widow and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and many other films already scheduled for 2021, such as The Batman, whose star Robert Pattinson would have caught the virus, have been postponed for several months due to the pandemic.
Hollywood seems to believe that many of these movies require theatrical release, despite the existence of streaming services and home streaming movie rental experiences like Mulan. Principe pushed forward with a messy theatrical release that still managed to produce a $ 20 million opening weekend.
After several delays, Wonder Woman 1984 is still slated for a Christmas 2020 release, but it’s one of the few big-priced films that remain this year. Disney / pixar Soul is still scheduled for November and that of Denis Villeneuve Dune for December, but it wouldn’t be surprising if they were also pushed back to 2021.