Please stand by for an important announcement from the official James Bond Twitter account...
MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of NO TIME TO DIE will be postponed until November 2020. pic.twitter.com/a9h1RP5OKd— James Bond (@007) March 4, 2020
Yes, that's right - Cary Fukunaga's highly-anticipated No Time to Die has been delayed, worldwide, until November. This is a shocking development, and doubly so given that tickets for the film went on sale this past Monday (hell, just yesterday we announced an entire James Bond-themed issue of BMD Magazine, one timed to the release of Fukunaga's film - whoops!).
So, what happened here? Deadline's got some insight:
"This is purely an economic decision we understand, and not one based on growing fears over the coronavirus. Bond is a day-and-date worldwide release, and with the franchise back in the hands of MGM fully post Sony’s distribution of the last four Daniel Craig movies, along with Universal, all parties involved need to have all foreign territories working at their maximum in order for the latest Bond to be a continued box office success. For a tentpole of this size and scope, that kind of decrease in business would have a significant and detrimental impact on the film’s ultimate global take."
We're not sure we're buying that explanation completely, but it'll have to do for the time being. In the meantime: if you purchased tickets to see No Time to Die next month, you might wanna look into getting those refunded! As for those of you who ordered the special Bond edition of BMD Magazine yesterday: we're currently figuring out next steps on all that, so please stand by for further info on that front.
Anyhoo, stand by for further updates on all of the above, and please update your schedules accordingly.