The decision was made after "careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace", according to a statement released by MGM Holdings, distributor Universal Pictures and producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
While the United Kingdom will get the film a little earlier, as was the initial plan, the US will now see the 25th landmark film release serendipitously on the 25th of November, just in time to take advantage of the Thanksgiving holiday momentum.
The Coronavirus outbreak, as reported by THR, may cause a $5 billion loss in the global film industry. Movie theaters in China have been closed for weeks, and other countries, including Japan, South Korea, Italy and France, are seeing steep declines in attendance.
Yep, anxious that the coronavirus will have people self-isolating in their homes rather than going out to the cinemas, MGM have delayed the release of the Bond film some six months, till November.
Billed as the final film to feature Daniel Craig as the British secret agent, the 25th Bond flick was previously scheduled for an April release, but will now debut in November.
The film is Daniel Craig's last movie as 007. Pushing the release back to November may give the world enough time to recover and hopefully by then the outbreak will be a thing of the past.
James Bond fan sites had also written to the studios behind the film this week, urging for a delay. In all, more than 94,000 people have contracted the virus worldwide, with more than 3200 deaths. More than 100 cases of the virus have been confirmed in the USA, including six in NY state; nine Americans have died as of Wednesday.
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