The continues spread of coronavirus has forced makers and producers of 007 James Bond movie to shift forward the release of the new James Bond film by seven months.
The producers said they had moved the release of No Time To Die from April to November after “careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace”. It will now come out in the UK on 12 November, and in the US on 25 November.
No Time To Die, which is due to be Daniel Craig’s final appearance as the British secret service agent, had been due for release on 3 April.
The world premiere had been scheduled to take place on 31 March at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
“Just one person, who may not even show symptoms, could infect the rest of the audience,” wrote the founders of MI6 Confidential and The James Bond Dossier, in an open letter on Monday. “This is not the type of publicity that anyone wants.”
The announcement comes days after the founders of two 007 fan sites called on the film studios to delay its release. Some film analysts have suggested the coronavirus could wipe $5bn (£3.8bn) off the global box office with many of China’s cinemas already closed and revenues hit in South Korea and Italy.
The latest news comes amid increased concerns about people gathering together, but it is the first major film to change its schedule as a result.
The Hollywood Reporter editorial director Matthew Belloni wrote that it was “a huge and very costly move, and a sign of what’s likely to come with Hollywood’s big summer movies”.