The 25th Bond movie, and Daniel Craig’s last, No Time To Die, has been doomed from the beginning. Danny Boyle quit as director, an explosion during filming messed up a crew member, and a toilet camera was found in the women’s restroom at the studio they filmed at. But then they got it together, put out a trailer and later a theme song sleep-mumbled out by Emily The Strange’s more sullen stepsister Billie The Emo. Just when they were beginning to think that the fuckery was behind them, they have met the biggest and most dangerous Bond villain of all: Coronavirus. Coronavirus has said, “It IS time to die”, to the movie’s original release date.
No Time To Die’s release date has been pushed back a few times. It was originally supposed to come out November 2019, then February 2020, then April 2020. And this morning, it was announced that it won’t make it to theaters until November 2020.
The film will be released in the U.K. on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the US launch on November 25, 2020.
— James Bond (@007) March 4, 2020
I see you hos looking at this like, “Nice try, using the coronavirus to fix up that movie some more, Barbara Broccoli,” but according to The Hollywood Reporter, “insiders” say that because movie theaters are closed in China and the movie-going game has slowed down worldwide due to coronavirus, the studio is afraid that things won’t bounce back by April. Right after No Time To Die left their April 10 release date, Universal pushed Trolls World Tour into that spot.
No Time To Die’s original promo tour plans have already been canceled, but Daniel Craig will still host Saturday Night Live this weekend.
Forbes says that with No Time To Die moving to Thanksgivingtimes, Godzilla v. Kong could be in trouble money-wise, because it thought it was going to be thee movie of Thanksgivingtimes. Black Widow (release date: May 1), Top Gun: Maverick (release date: June 26), F9: The Fast Saga (release date: May 22), and Wonder Woman 1984 (release date: June 4) could also move their dates into later in the year since they were hoping to make big money in China. Mulan will open in the U.S. on March 27 as planned, but has postponed its release in China.
See, this would never ever be an issue if every single moved was available for streaming in the comfort of our own homes. We wouldn’t have to worry about catching some deadly disease, and we also wouldn’t have to worry about stupid trick throwing us judgmental looks when we pull out four Kevin Hart-sized bottles of vodka from BevMo! and pour them all into our drink. Have they seen the prices at the movie theater bar?