James Bond will arrive two months later than planned when MGM moved the release date on the untitled Bond 25 movie from February 14 to April 8, 2020 – a Wednesday before the Easter weekend.
It's another delay for Bond 25. MGM and Eon originally announced in 2017 that the movie would open on November 8, 2019, then moved it back to February 14, 2020, after Danny Boyle had left the director's slot and became replaced by Cary Joji Fukunaga.
Universal will handle international distribution on Bond 25, while MGM handles domestic in partnership with Annapurna through the new United Artists Releasing label.
Daniel Craig returns as Bond and Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw will render their roles from 201
Bond 25 will start shooting on March 4 with Craig for the fifth time. Fukunaga, whose feature credits include "Jane Eyre" and "Animals of No Nation", has become the first US director in the history of the MGM and Eon franchise. The team Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have been co-authors of the last six Bond films dating back to "The World Is Not Enough," have returned to writing the script.
The decision to push back Bond 25 will give Fukunaga and Eon producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli additional time to finish what is safe to be a complex and expensive production. Production costs for "Specter" were estimated at $ 250 million.
The launch of Easter weekend puts Bond 25 a few weeks ahead of the traditional start of summer. Marvel-Disney opens "Avengers: Endgame" on April 26 this year; it has no title Marvel opening May 1, 2020. Friday's announcement of Bond 25 came a few minutes after Universal had said it had moved "Fast and Furious 9" back six weeks from April 10 to 22. May 2020 – The start of Memorial Day weekend.
The last seven Bond films dating back to 1995's "GoldenEye" have opened in the fall corridor. 1989's "License to Kill", the second to star Timothy Dalton as Bond, was the last film to be launched outside the fall with a debut in July.