The much-anticipated 25th installment to the Bond series has been postponed until next year, the filmmakers announced Friday.
The filmmakers said during a statement, “MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the discharge of ‘No Time To Die,’ the 25th film within the Bond series, is going to be delayed until 2 April so as to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience.”
“We understand the delay is going to be disappointing to our fans but we now anticipate sharing ‘No Time to Die’ next year.”
‘No Time to Die’ carries a production budget of over USD 200 million and price millions more to market. The studio reportedly lost millions when it shelved the movie earlier in 2020. Given Bond’s global appeal, the sequel’s backers wanted to attend until audiences across the planet felt safe returning to theatres to possess an opportunity at turning a profit.
Cary Joji Fukunaga directed ‘No Time to Die,’ with Rami Malek set as Bond’s adversary Safin, Lea Seydoux returning as Bond’s love interest, and Lashana Lynch playing a replacement ’00 agent. The cast also includes Ana de Armas, Ben Whishaw, and Christoph Waltz.