The 25th James Bond movie is No Time to Die and will be the last outing of Daniel Craig in the character.
With almost 15 years since Casino Royale was released, Craig had the longest tenure in the series.
Production difficulties and the COVID-19 pandemic originally expected to reach theaters in the fall of 2019 moved ‘No Time to Die’ back to its new release date: April 2, 2021, but persistent instability in the international box office could continue to throw a wrench in the highly awaited theatrical release.
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‘No Time to Die’ is already expected to hit theaters as of late 2020.
In reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the film was one of the first to be postponed, initially moving to November before settling on its current date.
“No Time to Die” possibly needs a good worldwide box office to be a hit as a $250 million blockbuster in a key franchise for all of the studios involved.
It is up in the air, considering the current vaccine delivery rate, if people will be able to return to theaters safely by April, so another delay is likely.
For a theatrical release, MGM is holding out, but has reportedly considered a streaming option for the film. At one point, streaming providers such as Netflix and Apple were reported to be in talks to acquire the film.
The deal MGM was looking for would have been a one-off: MGM wanted $600-850 million, and for just one year the buyer would have been able to screen the film.
Talks broke down when more than $400 million would not be offered by any streamer.
Although MGM’s current line is that the film is not for sale, they will have to rethink if the pandemic persists much longer. For instance, Warner Bros has bitten the bullet and confirmed that it will release all of its 2021 films on HBO Max next to theaters for a month.
For now, films like Dune, Godzilla vs. Kong and The Matrix 4 are included.
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Cary Joji Fukunaga, the first American filmmaker to direct a Bond adventure, will direct No Time to Die.
With the film, Fukunaga also moves into blockbuster territory, having previously stuck to smaller films such as Beasts of No Nation and True Detective’s Season 1. After Trainspotting Director Danny Boyle dropped out due to artistic differences with EON Productions, he jumped on the project.
Besides Craig, Ralph Fiennes will also return to the film as M, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Lea Seydoux as Madeleine Swann and Christoph Waltz as Blofeld.
In the film, after the events of Spectre, Bond returns from retirement to face Safin, a foreign terrorist played by Rami Malek.