MGM has pushed No Time To Die from April 2 to October 8 in a move that did not come as a surprise but is nonetheless dispiriting for the film industry as Covid infection levels rise around the world.
Thursday evening’s (January 21) schedule change, which marked the third delay in 10 months for Cary Fukunaga’s James Bond thriller starring Daniel Craig after it was originally scheduled to open in April 2020, triggered a flurry of postponements from Hollywood.
Scroll down to see Thursday’s schedule announcements
Several hours after MGM made its move, Sony pushed its Marvel Entertainment adaptation Morbius from October 8 to January 21, 2022.
Universal, which will release No Time To Die internationally alongside US distributor United Artists Releasing, moved its Bob Odenkirk crime drama Nobody into the April 2 slot. Ilya Naishuller (Hardcore Henry) directed the film, originally set to open on February 26.
Universal also announced that Focus Features/Working Title’s psychological thriller Last Night In Soho directed by Edgar Wright and starring Anya Taylor-Joy has moved from April 23 to October 22.
Sony/Columbia Pictures pushed four of its tentpoles. Will Gluck’s family film Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway has moved from April 2 to June 11, and Kay Cannon’s musically-driven Cinderella starring Camila Cabello and Idina Menzel was pushed from February 5 to July 16.
Jason Reitman’s action comedy Ghostbusters: Afterlife starring Carrie Coon and Finn Wolfhard was postponed from June 11 to November 11, while Ruben Fleischer’s thriller Uncharted with Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg has moved from July 16 to February 11, 2022.
MGM’s Untitled Addams Family Sequel previously set for October 8, 2021 has been brought up by one week to October 1. The voice cast includes Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac and Chloë Grace Moretz, and Greg Tiernan directs.
As with No Time To Die, United Artists Releasing distributes in the US and Universal Pictures handles the international release.
Universal’s thriller Ambulance will open on President’s Day Weekend on February 18, 2022. Michael Bay directs Jake Gyllenhaal, Yayha Abdul-Mateen II, and Eiza González. Endeavor Content financed the film.
Earlier in the day Universal said its Amblin Partners sci-fi drama BIOS starring Tom Hanks had been pushed from April 16 to August 13.
Schedule moves (all 2021 unless indicated otherwise)
No Time To Die (MGM/Eon): April 2 to October 8
Morbius (Sony/Marvel Entertainment): October 8 to January 21, 2022
Nobody (Universal): February 26 to April 2
Last Night In Soho (Focus Features/Working Title): April 23 to October 22
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (Sony/Columbia Pictures): 2 to June 11
Cinderella (Sony/Columbia Pictures): February 5 to July 16
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony/Columbia Pictures): June 11 to November 11
Uncharted (Sony/Columbia Pictures): July 16 to February 11, 2022
Untitled Addams Family Sequel (MGM): October 8 to October 1
Ambulance (Universal): February 18, 2022
BIOS (Universal/Amblin Partners): April 16 to August 13.