The producers of “No Time to Die”, the latest upcoming part of the James Bond franchise, are once again delaying its theatrical release.
The film, which was set to open on April 2, will now hit theaters on October 8, according to Variety.
This move comes as coronavirus cases continue to rise, especially in the United States
“No Time to Die” has struggled to catch a release date since it was scheduled to open in April 2020. The film was postponed until November 2020, but as the pandemic failed to subside, it was moved again to April this year. .
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MGM will handle distribution in North America, and Universal will release the film internationally. Representatives of the companies did not immediately respond to Fox News̵
The outlet says “No Time to Die” costs about $ 200 million and will have to succeed internationally to make money, especially given that the advertising campaign is almost over in the past.
Making such an amount is very unlikely without American cinemas to operate at a higher volume than at present, as many theaters remain closed and others have limited capacity.
“No Time to Die” will play Daniel Craig as the fluent Briton alongside Anna de Armas, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Jeffrey Wright, Ralph Fiennes and others.
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The film was directed by Carrie Joji Fukunaga based on a screenplay co-written by Fleabag creator and Solo: A Star Wars actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge, among others.
Billy Ailish performs the theme song.
The picture was also the first major tent film to shift the release date amid the pandemic and consider selling to streamers for a high price.
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The most recent delay was the first in a series of changes to release dates on Thursday, including Sony’s Cinderella, which was set to be the first major release of the year on February 5th. The musical will hit theaters on July 16.
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“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” (now due November 11), “Uncharted” (February 11, 2022) and “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” (June 11) were also pushed back.