Coronavirus Causes Postponement of James Bond Film
By Abb Jones
The global coronavirus has claimed a seemingly unlikely victim – the new James Bond film, No Time to Die.
MGM, Universal and and the film’s producers announced via Twitter Wednesday that they are pushing back their planned April 2020 release by seven month – to November.
The move comes after the studios cancelled publicity plans for the film in China, Japan and South Korea. Bond films rely heavily on international markets. The last film, 2015’s Spectre, made more than $679 million overseas, with more than $84 million of that from China.
Last week, Paramount Pictures halted production on the seventh Mission: Impossible film, which had been scheduled to shoot in Venice, Italy – which is currently in throes of a coronavirus outbreak. The studio also postponed its release of Sonic the Hedgehog in China, which was the source of the initial outbreak of the coronavirus.
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