The theatrical release of Cary Joji Fukunaga’s No Time to Die has been delayed from April 8 to Nov. 25, with the coronavirus outbreak reportedly to blame. The decision reflects the first major shockwave felt by Hollywood as the disease’s spread continues.
The delay of Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond was announced by MGM, Universal, and Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli on Wednesday, with “careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace” cited as the reason for their decision:
Multiple outlets report that No Time to Die’s postponement is a direct result of the coronavirus outbreak—THR highlights “the ongoing cinema blackout in China and a downturn in moviegoing in markets where COVID-19 is a major issue, including South Korea, Italy and Japan,” as well as “concern that by early April, other markets could be impacted,” as key factors in the decision, while EW notes that “a massive online fan petition .. urged the studio to push the premiere as concerns over the coronavirus continue to spread as fast as the illness itself.”
Paste has reached out to reps for the film for further information on the delay of its release, and will update this post with any that we receive.
No Time to Die’s synopsis reads:
In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
The film’s script is credit to Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Craig co-stars alongside Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Rory Kinnear, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik and Billy Magnussen.
Watch the No Time to Die trailer below and hear Billie Eilish’s theme song for the film further down.