New James Bond movie 'No Time To Die' postponed to November amid global coronavirus fears
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The release date for "after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace" the release would be postponed from its original April release date to Nov. 12 in the U.K. and Nov. 25 in the U.S.
MGM, Universal and Bond producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli gave no further elaboration beyond the economic impact for the decision to move the film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga from its April 2 U.K. opening and April 10 U.S. opening.
It's the first high-profile film postponement resulting from the outbreak of the highly transmissible coronavirus.
The move also delays the comprehensive "No Time To Die" global rollout, which would have seen the cast – including Craig, Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Christoph Waltz and Naomie Harris – flying to multiple countries for fan events.
Also postponed is the March 31 world premiere gala at London's Royal Albert Hall. Bond premieres have previously featured members of the Britain's royal family meeting the cast before showing the film to a star-studded crowd of 5,000.
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On March 2, the popular Bond fan site MI6-HQ wrote an open letter to Bond producers titled "No Time for Indecision" that called for a postponement.
"It is time to put public health above marketing release schedules and the cost of canceling publicity events," the letter stated. "It’s just a movie. The health and well-being of fans around the world, and their families, is more important."
The Bond films make a significant portion of their profits from international markets: The last 007 project, 2015's “Spectre,” pulled in more than $680 million of its $880 million total box office from overseas theaters.
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The global outbreak has already curtailed other group entertainment activities, such as high-profile concerts.
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