Daniel Craig will now be seen in the film, 'No Time to Die'. The latest James Bond installment will be postponed until next year as the filmmakers announced on Friday. The film, starring Daniel Craig in his final role as the agent formerly known as 007, is expected to hit theaters April 2, 2021, a year later than initially planned. Curiously, “No Time to Die” is now set to open the same weekend as “Fast & Furious” sequel “F9.” Universal, the studio behind the high-octane permission has been assigned for the distribution for the Bond film internationally.
Back in March, “No Time to Die” was the first major tentpole to change its release date before the global health crisis caused by coronavirus could even be classified as a pandemic. After its first delay, the movie was set to premiere in the U.K. on Nov. 12 and in North America on Nov. 20. Numerous movies were shuffled around in the wake of “Tenet’s” lackluster U.S. box office performance in September. But industry experts recommended the release date for “No Time to Die” might not waiver because the Bond franchise relies heavily on international ticket sales and overseas cinemas have seen a stronger return to theaters compared to domestic venues.
“No Time to Die” carries a production budget over $200 million and cost millions more to promote. The studio reportedly lost millions when it delayed the movie earlier in 2020. Given Bond’s global appeal, the sequel’s backers wanted to wait until audiences across the world felt safe returning to theaters to have a chance at turning a profit.