Daniel Craig plays James Bond in "No Time To Die".
"No Time to Die", the James Bond film that was the first Hollywood feature film to appear on the cinema calendar due to the coronavirus outbreak, is on the move again. This time it has 2021 in its sights.
On Friday, MGM Studios announced that Daniel Craig would no longer hit theaters on November 20th as British spy James Bond. Instead, the film was postponed to April 2, 2021.
"No Time to Die" is the latest blockbuster to leave the fall film after the lackluster performance by Warner Bros. "Tenet" at the domestic box office. Some had predicted that the James Bond film could persist due to its reliance on international ticket sales. In overseas cinemas, audiences have returned in droves while US moviegoers have stayed home.
The decision to postpone the film seems to have been made as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the US and cases in Europe are also on the rise again.
That delay is another blow to the cinemas, which have struggled after months of closure due to the pandemic. The big chains didn't reopen until August.
With "No Time to Die" until 2021, Disney's "Soul", an animated Pixar film, is now the next big film to be released in theaters. The fact is, however, that the film could go for next year too.
Disclosure: Comcast owns NBCUniversal and CNBC. Universal releases "No Time To Die" internationally, while MGM does the domestic release.