The disruption caused by the spread of the coronavirus has reached the British entertainment industry, with events axed and concerns raised over the timing of the new Bond film.
Walt Disney has cancelled some events planned to promote the European launch of its channel Disney+, a competitor to Netflix and Amazon Prime which will show The Mandalorian, the latest in the Star Wars movie and TV franchise.
Celebrities and executives were due to take to the red carpet in London on Thursday to promote the streaming channel, which becomes available to subscribers in Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain on March 24.
The London Book Fair, a trade show for publishers that attracts 25,000 attendees from over 100 countries and was due to take place on 10-12 March, has also been called off, organizers Reed Exhibitions said on Wednesday.
Both Disney and Reed cited concerns about international travel due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The global release of the new James Bond film No Time to Die will be postponed from the start of April until November, the producers said on Wednesday.
The pause comes after two James Bond fan sites had written to the studios behind the film to ask for its release to be delayed over worries that cinemas could be closed then.
The founders of MI6 Confidential and The James Bond Dossier posted an open letter which also said the world premiere for No Time to Die, planned for March 31 in London with 5,000 attendees, could be problematic.
“After careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of NO TIME TO DIE will be postponed until November 2020,” a posting on the official James Bond Twitter account said. It made no specific reference to the virus.
The post said the film will be released in the United Kingdom on Nov. 12 and worldwide, including in the United States on Nov. 25.
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