Filmmakers bow to the inevitable and announced further delay due to pandemic.
This evening the announcement was made on 007.com and the official 007 social media channels:
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 2 April 2021 in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience. We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing No Time To Die next year.
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October 2nd, 2020 at 23:41
it will be delayed till 2022 next year no different from 2020
October 3rd, 2020 at 00:19
Best move they could have made. Although disappointing, if it was my call, I would have made the same decision.
October 3rd, 2020 at 00:39
Man so close yet so far.
Thought we were clear and somehow had a feeling this would happen.
The Biggest problem is with no big releases to reopen this year, not to many people will be going to the cinema. And without movie audiences, the theaters may close due to lack of revenue to support them.
If such a case occurs, then come spring of next year, there wont even be enough theatres to show the movie and we still lose out at the end of it.
October 3rd, 2020 at 01:14
Hollywood is currently releasing films via streaming video on small screens, yet charging equivalent ticket prices. No thanks, I’ll pass on that nonsense. The premiere release of a Bond film on anything other than the big screen would be a huge disappointment, and could potentially harm the franchise. So, I support the producer’s decision.
Regarding the influenza, I have heard from various sources that this insanity will be over with the first Tuesday in November. However, depending on the outcome of the election, it may continue for another four years. So, whether April 2021 is set in stone is anyone’s guess at this point.
October 4th, 2020 at 00:06
You do know that it isn’t caused by a flu virus, right?
October 3rd, 2020 at 05:04
Very disappointing we need something to keep us going some kind of tidbit. By April there might not be enough theaters to make a difference.
October 3rd, 2020 at 11:23
I di completely concure with the above people,as there might not be any cinemas left by April of next year, to watch any movies.
With social distancing and masks being utilized in every other business, cinemas want to remain open.
The cinemas here near me, are trying desperately to stay in business. They are open for business, they require a mask to be worn when entering the building, as all establishments do. And seats in the theaters are assigned, keeping social distancing. (Tickets can be purchased online as always, along with choosing your seat location availability. Nothing new there, except seats now will have already been blanked out, for the designated social distancing). Also masks can be removed only while sitting down in your designated seat. And whenever a person leaves their seat, they must put their mask back on. This policy works well, but unfortunately, because of the distancing, most seats are left vacant. And as such, this fact will only provide the cinemas with about 25-30% of their normal ticket revenues.
And added to this problem, is that since Hollywood isn’t releasing any new movies, these theaters are being forced to run older movies, which are already available on dvd or other formats for the home audience. Not many people are going to drive to a theater, and pay full price, to watch an older movie. That’s just a fact. (Unless of course, if it was a 007 movie, all of us would justify such.). lol.
So the theaters, also have to cut their ticket prices, in order to try to attract the public back, and thus they end up with even less revenue. It’s a vicious double edged sword for them.
And if the movie studios release their movies into the streaming marketplace, the theaters will continue to take a bigger hit.
My personal feelings are, that I believe Hollywood needs to lighten up, release the movies now, or at least when they promised them, so that the theaters have a fighting chance.
As with any huge blockbuster movie, I’m quite sure that the theaters would go to a 24 hour, around the clock showing schedule, in order to accommodate the public.
No one wins if theaters go bankrupt, and close down. Certainly not the theater owners, but Hollywood loses big revenue, and the public loses by not seeing movies up on a large screen.
If this is the way of the future, count me out.
I’m headed into my time machine, and traveling back to the year of 1962.
Dr. No had its worldwide premiere at the London Pavilion, on 5 October 1962.
Damn straight, those were the glorious years, standing outside in line, (even in the rain, if need be), with all of the other fans.
Long live Bond, James Bond!
And may we always see those words at the end of the movies… James Bond Will Return
October 3rd, 2020 at 13:14
I think they’ve made the right decision. I’ll might go and see it at my local cinema (when it does gets released or I’ll might wait for it to come out on DVD). And add it to my collection.
I’m going to watch the other 24 other films yet again.
I’ve seen them so many times I sometimes know what line is said next. I’ve always been a James Bond fan and always will be.
I hope social distancing and wearing face masks will be over, but I can’t see it happening.
October 3rd, 2020 at 19:58
Not again if it is true then so be it. I would rather it was released in November 2020, NOT NEXT YEAR, money is already being lost on this series of Films, just release it and take your chances otherwise you’ll lose a lot more than cinema’s closing, but fans and revenues I’m afraid to say.
October 4th, 2020 at 03:01
Although not my first choice by any means, if studios released movies like 007 , Wonder Woman, Black widow, etc., on home pay per view, I would probably spring for it. Maybe 30 bucks is a little steep, though. I doubt I could get my family to sit for Bond film, but it might be worth it I could get a Bond fan to share the viewing cost.
I’m wondering how much this actually prevents the next Bond movie from being cast, written, filmed, etc. Usually studios wait for the box office returns before moving ahead with the next film.
October 4th, 2020 at 11:11
Based on Eon’s past record, they won’t even think about starting work on Bond 26 until No Time to Die has been released.
October 5th, 2020 at 14:08
And just as predicted, cinemas simply can’t survive without new movies from Hollywood.
Regal Cinemas are closing down their theaters this week.
They were desperately counting on the new 007 movie, to allow them a chance, to at least jumpstart some business revenues again.
This could certainly well become a big domino effect.
AMC cinemas is considering it’s options too. They have publicly stated, that if the 007 movie is released into the streaming marketplace prior to theatrical release, that they will never ever show another MGM/Sony movie in any of their theaters again.
And now with the 007 movie being pushed back again, they may begin closing down some of their locations as well.
I don’t want to say that we told you so, but…
October 5th, 2020 at 19:01
I understand the decision but it’s a huge blow to cinema and I think they should have made the decision earlier.
If things don’t improve by April will it just be delayed again? Or will they release it online? If so they might as well do it now.
I do think EON/Sony could help by offering the back catalogue at very reasonable rates to make up for the loss of income, that would at least be something.