New Bond movie, 'A Quiet Place Part II' delayed due to coronavirus; entertainment events canceled

The upcoming 007 film will be released months later than planned.


The release of the James Bond film “No Time To Die” has been pushed back several months because of global concerns about coronavirus.

MGM, Universal and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli posted to Twitter on Wednesday that the film would be pushed back from its April release to November 2020.

The announcement cited consideration of the global theatrical marketplace in the decision to delay the release of the film. “No Time To Die” will now hit theaters in the U.K. Nov. 12 and worldwide on Nov. 25.

"A Quiet Place Part II", originally slated to release March 20, 2020, has been postponed with no new release date. The film's director, John Krasinki, who starred in the original film, took to Twitter to announce the delay.

The Bond films make a significant portion of their profits from international markets. The last film, “Spectre,” made over $679 million from overseas theaters in 2015 with over $84 million of that total coming from China.

Concerns had already been brewing around the imminent release and the global outbreak. Publicity plans in China, Japan and South Korea had previously been canceled. And on Monday, the popular James Bond fan site MI6-HQ published an open letter to the producers urging them to delay the film's rollout.

“It is time to put public health above marketing release schedules and the cost of canceling publicity events,” the letter said.

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Hollywood film release and production schedules have already been affected by the outbreak. Last week, Paramount Pictures halted production on the seventh “Mission: Impossible” film, which had been scheduled to shoot in Venice, Italy. The studio also postponed the Chinese release of “Sonic the Hedgehog.”

Singer Mariah Carey said Tuesday that she was postponing a Hawaii show to November, saying "evolving international travel restrictions force us to consider everyone's safety and well being." And bands Green Day and BTS have also pushed back concerts.

SXSW festival canceled

Officials also announced Friday that South by Southwest, the annual tech, film and music conference in Austin, Texas, has officially been canceled because of the coronavirus.

The event had been scheduled to take place from March 13 to March 22. This is the first time in 34 years that it has been canceled, according to the organizers.

The coronavirus outbreak emerged in China and has spread globally. In all, more than 100,000 people have contracted the virus worldwide, with more than 3,000 deaths.