James Bond film No Time To Die faced another postponement as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect big screens’ availability.
Daniel Craig cannot say goodbye, yet, as his scheduled last film on the James Bond franchise has pushed back its release date again.
The film’s official Twitter account announced that the fans will need to wait for another six months to see the latest Bond flick.
The tweet says that the latest expected date of the film’s release is on October 8, 2021.
NO TIME TO DIE 8 October 2021 pic.twitter.com/HZlNG5kz8t
— James Bond (@007) January 22, 2021
The film has already faced multiple postponements due to the same reason, and it was previously scheduled for an April 2021 arrival
Unfortunately, although it is still two months before April, the pandemic hit the franchise again, causing the creators to move it once more.
Deadline also confirmed that the film’s promotional partners already knew about this change.
Fans expressed disappointment over another delay
While waiting for No Time To Die is worth it, some of its long-time fans failed to hide their disappointment upon learning the news.
One fan suggested that the creators should make the film available for rent or purchase instead.
“Covid happened, you’re going to take a hit on profits, just take the hit and move forward. You delayed this fully completed movie nearly an entire year. Ridiculous.”
“No shade. Movie theaters aren’t coming back anytime soon. Just release this already,” another one added.
Is the James Bond film on digital possible?
Despite the fans’ suggestions to finally release it on streaming sites instead, No Time To Die creators debunked the idea.
An MGM spokesperson informed Variety that the company never planned to offer the film to streaming sites for a $600 million one-year licensing deal.
“We do not comment on rumors. The film is not for sale. The film’s release has been postponed until April 2021 in order to preserve the theatrical experience for moviegoers,” the spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported that companies approached MGM about the possibility of having the movie in Premium VOD instead.
But Deadline disclosed that none of them were up to pay more than half of what the studio was demanding.
Still, producer Barbara Broccoli pledged a satisfying ending despite multiple cancelations.
“It’s a culmination of everything that his portrayal of the character has been through and it ties up all the storylines. It’s a pretty epic film, I have to say,” she said during the official James Bond podcast.
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