Today, the Bond producers released a statement which shocked fans worldwide. Following intense speculation, they confirmed that the November 2020 release date had been moved into 2021. After other films like Mulan have been moved onto streaming platforms, fans are now asking when Bond No Time To Die will be available.
While many blockbusters like Black Widow have been moved into 2021, Disney made the bold move to do something different with Mulan.
The studio released the live action version of the beloved 1998 cartoon in cinemas in certain territories only. Audiences in China, Malaysia and Singapore were able to see the new movie on the big screen from September.
Even though cinemas had also started to reopen across Europe and North America, Disney made the decision to release Mulan in most of the world on its new streaming platform Disney Plus for an additional charge of $29.99.
Will Bond follow a similar pattern?
The official statement was released on the James Bond social media pages.
It said: “MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of NO TIME TO DIE, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April 2021 in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience.”
Fans immediately asked when the film will be available to stream instead.
Comments include: “Is there any point releasing this movie? It’s the third time this movie has been delayed just release it digitally already.”
“I understand delaying a theatrical release by why not release it online in Nov & in theaters later?”
“Sorry there’s no reason not to just release it on demand. Even in April, the film will struggle in cinemas.”
“You’re confident there will be theatrical audience to show it to? What are theatres supposed to do until then? What if one of the cinema companies goes bust? There’ll be less venues to show it in. Your audience is sitting at home. Move with the times.”
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From the official statement it doesn’t sound like there are any plans as yet to release No Time To Die digitally to stream or download.
However, there is no guarantee that cinemas will be able to reopen or play to capacity by April next year.
Industry reports calculate that Mulan’s online release made considerably more than the recent Christopher Nolan blockbuster Tenet, which only grossed $285millionnwith worldwide release in cinemas.
With a typical big budget release only regarded as a success when it passes at least $600 million and most major successes now aiming for $1billion, can Bond afford to wait?
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