We recently suggested based on the current lockdowns in Europe, particularly with the UK cinemas closed to what will probably be March/April at the earliest that No Time To Die would be delayed and vacate its Easter release… Over the past 24 hours, this has gained a lot of traction in Hollywood circles and reporting sheets and it seems we are about to be proven right.
UK cinemas remain closed, and that’s not good for No Time To Die
As we previously discussed with the UK a key and the home market for James Bond and the MGM/EON series. It makes little sense if restrictions are lifted in the UK, Europe or America as the vaccine rollout continues to release MGM’S crown jewel with that in mind.
With March and April just around the corner and most countries in lockdowns that time last year as a result of COVID-19 it’s still very likely these restrictions will continue to be in place a year later.
No Time To Die Moved From November 2020 to November 2021
MGM is looking likely to move the production almost a year from its last 2020 release date to November 2021. The film came under recent news prior to last November with reports of Apple TV Plus and other streaming services making waves in trying to purchase or at least sound out getting the film.
These fell ultimately on death ears as no deal could be reached that would both justify and return MGM’s investment in the production… And get anywhere close to the box office it’s expected to make, which could be anywhere from $700m-$1b as it’s the last vehicle for star Daniel Craig.
Skyfall released in 2012 took over $1.1billion at the worldwide box office and was followed by Spectre which took close to $890m. The Cary Joji Fukunaga directed entry into the series is signals the 25th film for the character and the 5th time playing the spy for Daniel Craig.
We’ve reached out to MGM for comment but have had no reply yet, as soon as official confirmation comes down you can be sure Small Screen will have it here first.
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