New 007 Release Delayed For 3rd Time As Pandemic Continues To Batter Film Industry

The cast of No Time To Die in a publicity picture taken April 2019, on location in Oracabessa, Jamaica. From left: Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch. The film, originally set up for theatrical release in April 2020, has been postponed for the 3rd time due to the fact that of the pandemic.

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The cast of No Time To Die in a promotion image taken April 2019, on place in Oracabessa, Jamaica. From left: Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch. The film, initially set up for theatrical release in April 2020, has been held off for the third time because of the pandemic.

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Audience members in their cars and trucks drive past still pictures from the Netflix film The Trial of the Chicago 7 at its drive-in best in Pasadena, Calif., in October. Due to the fact that of the pandemic, Studios have withheld some films from indoor theatrical release.

The delay is yet another effect of the pandemic, which has actually closed public home entertainment locations around the world. The movie industry has actually been having problem with the calculus of whether to launch films to a minimized number of theaters with less clients, or put them on streaming services, or not release them at all up until life returns to some sort of normalcy.

When to release is particularly laden and sales methods have varied, for studio hits– which with marketing expenditures can cost hundreds of millions of dollars– the decision of.

Trailers for the latest 007 film No Time To Die have actually been all over the Internet since late 2019. Its theatrical release has actually slipped from April 2020, to November, to April 2021. And MGM states it will now slip once again, to Oct. 8, a year and a half past the films first scheduled premiere.

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Pixars Soul skipped theaters entirely and debuted Christmas Day on the Disney Plus membership streaming service. The industry paper Variety reported that Soul was the premier streamed show Christmas week.

The cast of No Time To Die in a promotion image taken April 2019, on location in Oracabessa, Jamaica. The movie, originally set up for theatrical release in April 2020, has been delayed for the third time due to the fact that of the pandemic.

However the 25th installation of the James Bond saga is being held for a better time. So, too, is Dune from Warner Bros., now scheduled for release Oct. 1, a week before No Time To Die.

While some theaters have stayed open, hundreds have actually closed, notably more than 500 U.S. theaters of Regal Cinemas, which shut momentarily starting Oct. 9. In addition to awaiting a relaxation of regional guidelines meant to reduce the spread of the pandemic, Regal said reopening will depend on when “studios have the ability to bring their pipeline of major releases back to the big screen.”

The cast of No Time To Die in a publicity photo taken April 2019, on area in Oracabessa, Jamaica. The film, initially set up for theatrical release in April 2020, has been held off for the third time due to the fact that of the pandemic.

Its theatrical release has slipped from April 2020, to November, to April 2021.

Warner Bros. chose to release Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas Day both in theaters and streaming, on HBO Max.