The founders of two of the most popular James Bond fan sites are asking studios for the next Bond film to delay its release due to a coronovirus.
No Time to Die is due out on April 3, but fans have asked to postpone it until the summer “when experts expect the epidemic to peak.”
The open letter comes from the founders of MI6 Confidential and The James Bond Dossier, James Page and David Leigh.
“It is time to put public health above the marketing calendar.”
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The letter, titled No Time for Indecision, continues: “With a month before the opening of No Time to Die worldwide, the community spread of the virus is likely to peak in the United States.
“There is a good chance that the cinemas will be closed, or their attendance considerably reduced, in early April. Even if there are no legal restrictions on the opening of cinemas, to quote M in Skyfall,” In what measure do you feel safe? “”
They cited a particular concern about the British premiere scheduled for March 31, suggesting that with the figures gathered at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which are expected to exceed 5,000, “one person, who may not even show symptoms, could infect the rest of the public.
“It’s not the type of advertising we want.”
The pair wrote that delaying the release until the summer would not be a huge difficulty for the companies involved.
“This is just a movie. The health and well-being of fans around the world and their families is more important. We have all waited over four years for this movie. A few more months will not damage the quality of the film and will only help the box office for the last hurray of Daniel Craig. “
The letter was addressed to producers EON and the film companies MGM and Universal. The BBC approached the various parties for comment.
Some film analysts have suggested that the coronavirus could wipe out $ 5 billion from the global box office, with many Chinese cinemas already closed and revenues affected in South Korea and Italy.
Meanwhile, concerns about the viability of the 10-day South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, which typically draws more than 70,000 people to Austin, Texas, is causing concern.
Deadline said Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey has canceled his plans to appear due to a corporate travel restriction caused by the virus.
Organizers said in a statement on the festival website: “SXSW works closely daily with local, state and federal agencies to plan a safe event”.
The event includes musical performances, film screenings and events and comedy.
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