Bond 25 release date pushed back to Easter 2020
Deadline reports that 25th James Bond movie, the long-awaited next installment of the blockbuster spy franchie has been pushed back from its Valentine’s 2020 release date. Bond 25 will now bow in theaters the Wednesday before Easter, April 8, by MGM.
Though pushing the film back two month might be a disappointment for fans who have been waiting to see Daniel Craig (Logan Lucky) return to the suave spy role, the new release date will give the untitled next entry a much better chance to take the box office as there is nothing else currently slated for that release date, with Fast & Furious 9 being pushed back to Memorial Day 2020.
Returning cast members for the next film include Craig, Ralph Fiennes (Skyfall), Lea Seydoux (Spectre), Naomie Harris (Moonlight) and Ben Whishaw (Paddington 2).
Bond 25 has seen its share of problems over the past year. It was initially to be directed by Danny Boyle, who exited the project abruptly this summer over creative differences. This delayed production while the studio was forced to search for new directors, before eventually landing on Cary Joji Fukunaga, best known for directing the first season of HBO’s True Detective.
EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios recently reached an agreement with Universal Pictures to partner on the worldwide release of the 25th James Bond film. The superspy’s previous outing, Spectre, opened in U.S. theaters on November 16, 2015. The film earned $200 million domestically and $680.6 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $880.7 million.
The as-yet-untitled Bond 25 is due to hit cinemas on April 8, 2020.