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New James Bond movie pushed again – once more

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No Time To Die marks Daniel Craig’s swansong as James Bond

The discharge of the brand new James Bond movie has been delayed once more.

The premiere of No Time To Die had already been moved from April to November due to the pandemic.

The movie has now been additional delayed till 2 April 2021 “with a purpose to be seen by a worldwide theatrical viewers”, a statement on the film’s website said.

“We perceive the delay shall be disappointing to our followers however we now stay up for sharing No Time To Die subsequent yr.”

No Time To Die, the twenty fifth instalment within the Bond franchise, marks Daniel Craig’s last look as British secret service agent, 007.

Trailers for the movie, in addition to Billie Eilish’s title music, have already been launched – with the Eilish video debuting mere days in the past – earlier than Friday’s last-minute determination to delay.

Trade insiders had been speculating whether or not the studio would stand by the November launch date, following lacklustre field workplace returns for the Christopher Nolan blockbuster Tenet, which was launched final month.

The sci-fi epic, which price roughly $200m to make, has thus far made $243 million internationally, however solely $41m within the US – the place cinemas in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco largely stay closed.

A major a part of Bond movie earnings come from the UK and European market, the place coronavirus is as soon as once more on the rise and there could also be been concern by the studio that potential restrictions might restrict field workplace earnings in November.

The earlier Bond movie, 2015’s Spectre, took nearly $900m (£690m) at worldwide field workplaces – successful an Oscar for greatest unique music. The newest movie will not be in competition for the 2021 Oscars under current guidelines.

Bankrupt cinemas

The postponement of No Time to Die comes after each two main autumn releases, Marvel Girl: 1984 and Marvel Studios’ Black Widow – starring Scarlett Johansson – have been each pushed again.

With Steven Spielberg’s West Aspect Story and Kenneth Branagh’s Loss of life of the Nile remake additionally delayed, it might spell catastrophe for a lot of struggling cinema chains, which depend on large price range releases for a lot of their revenue.

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Oscar-winning Rami Malek performs the newest Bond villain Safin within the forthcoming movie.

Within the US, the Nationwide Affiliation of Theatre House owners, the Administrators Guild of America and the Movement Image Affiliation wrote an open letter final week calling on Congress to bail out “our nation’s beloved film theatres”.

The letter said that if the present state of affairs continued with out extra assist, 69% of small and mid-sized cinemas within the US would doubtless go bankrupt or shut. The letter was signed by a string of Hollywood administrators, together with James Cameron, Clint Eastwood and Britain’s Steve McQueen.

However John Fithian, head of the Nationwide Affiliation of Theatre House owners, told Variety it was additionally important that the studios performed their half in supporting cinemas – by persevering with to launch movies.

“If we have no motion pictures till we’re totally vaccinated as a world, loads of the theatre firms are going to be gone and the theatres themselves will not be there,” he stated.

“This concept of ready out the pandemic to make your motion pictures extra worthwhile does not make sense to me. There will not be as a lot of an trade left to play your motion pictures in in the event you try this.”

In China, cinemas reopened in July – with restricted numbers – whereas in India they are due to partially reopen in mid-October, forward of the Diwali vacation in November.

Cinemas within the UK got the go-ahead to reopen in July, with social distancing measures in place, staggered begin and end occasions and pre-ordered popcorn, among the measures.

Nevertheless many websites didn’t open instantly. Cineworld, the world’s second-largest cinema chain, reopened a lot of its areas throughout the UK in early September. It not too long ago reported a $1.6bn loss within the first six months of the yr.

On Friday, Tradition Secretary Oliver Dowden urged the British public to “assist your native cinema” as he introduced a authorities money increase of £650,000 to 42 unbiased cinemas throughout England as a part of the £1.57 billion Tradition Restoration Fund.

Some followers on Twitter have referred to as for the newest franchise to be launched digitally quite than delaying the discharge date to subsequent Easter. Earlier this week, Warner introduced that the massive price range remake of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, starring Anne Hathaway, will debut on the streaming platform HBO Max within the US.

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