With 'No Time To Die' being one of the first movies to shunt its release date to later in 2020, it's now once again become the first of the remaining blockbusters of 2020 to shunt itself into 2021.
MGM and Universal confirmed the news late last night, which now makes a move for the likes of 'Dune' and 'Wonder Woman 1984' all but a certainty before the month is out. 'No Time To Die' has now moved to April 2nd, 2021.
If you've been keeping score at home, 'No Time To Die' was originally slated for November 2019, but when original director Danny Boyle left and was replaced by 'True Detective' alum Cary Fukunaga, it was moved to April 2020.
Things being what they are this year, it was moved to November 12th 2020 here in Ireland and November 20th in the US. Of course, that itself was tenuous - even as new trailers, teaser posters, behind-the-scenes videos, and even a countdown podcast and Billie Eilish's music video were planned and released with November in mind.
The move by 'No Time To Die' has put immense pressure on cinemas already struggling to stay open and afloat for the remainder of the year. As mentioned, the last remaining blockbusters of 2020 - 'Dune', 'Wonder Woman 1984', and Disney's 'Soul' - are now all but guaranteed to move their release dates to 2021.
As if that wasn't enough, 'Fast and Furious 9' has moved its release date further into 2021, now moving to May of next year, as 'No Time To Die' has taken its release date.
Don't even ask what the release calendar for 2021 looks like at this stage.