After initial rumours in the corridors that did not bode well, rumours of a postponement seem to be about to materialize for No Time To Die.
During the waltz of postponements in 2020, one of the first victims of the global pandemic due to Covid-19 was undoubtedly Dying Can Wait, the latest James Bond with Daniel Craig for the last time in the title role, which saw its release initially postponed to November 2020, before finally migrating towards 2021, like most of the blockbusters postponed.
Multiple postponements that have cost the MGM, whose catalogue is currently on sale to the highest bidders, more expensive, and which would also have considered for a while to sell the latest James Bond to streaming platforms record $600 million. An amount that quickly calmed the fervour of Apple TV+ and Netflix was initially interested in the offer.
Indeed, recently, a venue operator in the Netherlands claimed to know, according to a reliable source, that the new James Bond would have been internally postponed to November 2021. A noise of corridors that did not bode well for Craig's last appearance in the famous spy's role, which seems to be confirmed in the latest news.
According to Deadline, 007's promotional partners were informed this morning that the release of Dying Can Wait is expected to run from April to the fall of 2021 in the UK, as well as in the US, where the theatrical situation is quite similar, with a large number of theatres currently closed, which makes exploitation difficult.
Nothing has been made official for the moment, so we have to take this information with a grain of salt, but the rumours heard in the corridors by the exhibitor behind this rumour seem to be confirmed by these new internal sources do not bode well. A further postponement of the new James Bond would be the logical continuation of a new wave of mass postponements that seems to be starting gradually, with the recent Morbius postponement.
Just like the second film in the common universe between Marvel and Sony, Dying Can Wait seems to find itself once again in the front line as the next Covid-19 victim, before the tidal wave to be expected with the possible postponements of blockbusters planned between April and May 2021, including The King's Man, Black Widow, A Quiet Place Part II, Last Night in Soho, Free Guy, Cruella or Fast & Furious 9. A strange feeling of "déjà vu", therefore.
As a reminder, Dying Can Wait by Cary Fukunaga, with Daniel Craig for the last time in the role of 007, is still expected for March 31, 2021, in our theatres, for the moment. While waiting for a possible postponement, we are examining potential candidates to take over after Daniel Craig.