No Time To Die release date: Does THIS prove James Bond will be pushed back AGAIN to 2021?March 25, 2020
Earlier this month, Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as James Bond was delayed to November 12, 2020. The decision came as the coronavirus pandemic around the world was growing and it was becoming increasingly clear that cinemas would be closing down globally as social distancing was being encouraged. Since No Time To Die’s release date was moved, several Hollywood blockbusters like Mulan have followed suit with a delayed opening weekend or an indefinite postponement announced in each case.
But as time has gone on and the UK has entered a lockdown for at least three weeks, further film releases that were months away are now moving too.
They included Black Widow in May, which now has no release date, and most recently some June releases like Wonder Woman 1984.
Interestingly, the Gal Gadot sequel has only moved a month on to August 14.
As it stands, the UK is facing around 12 weeks of being encouraged to stay home and be proactive in social distancing.
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This could mean life won’t be going back to relatively normal activity until around mid-June at least, hence Wonder Woman 2’s move.
So like China, we will be heading back to the cinema then, right?
Well maybe not so fast, considering that the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has stated that social distancing measures could be in place for a year.
Even if cinemas do reopen in the summer and precautions do take place there’s also the second wave of coronavirus to consider – one that could be worst than the first, as previous pandemics around the world have proven.
Flu season begins around October and crosses into early 2021.
So it probably shouldn’t be ruled out that the UK will be heading back into stricter policies, like the shutting of cinemas again, later in the year.
Of course, it may not be as bad if a herd immunity among the younger and healthier develops, while how other countries react or are dealing with the pandemic have to be taken into account.
Nevertheless, if a second lockdown of sorts were to take place, it is feasible that we could be seeing blockbusters that have already shifted like No Time To Die having to move again into this time next year.
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Perhaps the new James Bond movie will then release around April 2021.
After all, Fast and Furious 9 has already shifted a year to that month.
The other option would be for No Time To Die to release on a streaming service like Netflix.
Universal’s Trolls 2 has already done this while some of the last films to screen in cinemas before their closure like Bloodshot and Onward are already coming to streaming.
However, the only problem for a film like No Time To Die is the hundreds of
millions it cost to make.
Even charging a cinema ticket price to rent on-demand at home wouldn’t make as much money as there will be, more than often than not, more than one person seeing the same viewing.
Whatever the case, Bond fans shouldn’t be surprised if they have to wait even longer to see Craig’s final bout.
No Time To Die is set for release in UK cinemas on November 12, 2020.
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