A few big-name movies are getting swapped across the calendar as studios try and finagle the most bang for their buck. MGM’s Bond 25—which already went through one major switch-up when Cary Joji Fukunaga took over directing duties from Danny Boyle—will now open on April 8, 2020, moving away from its original February 14, 2020 slot. The film is essentially taking the vacated position left by Universal’s still-untitled Fast & Furious 9, which sped off to May 22, 2020 from its original April 10, 2020 premiere date.
Fast 9 will now be battling it out with Godzilla vs. Kong and The Spongebob Movie over Memorial Day Weekend. But the new premiere date gives the film some breathing room in China, where the Fast & Furious franchise performs like gangbusters. The last entry, 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, opened to a massive $184 million in China, which was the country’s highest debut of all time for a Hollywood film until Avengers: Infinity War came along a year later.
Bond 25 is also distancing itself from an incredibly crowded field. Valentine’s Day 2020 is already packed, with Legally Blonde 3 landing on that date, along with an untitled live-action film from Disney, an untitled DC Comics project from Warner Bros., and Fox’s graphic novel adaptation Nimona.
Fukanaga will direct from a script by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade for Bond 25, with Daniel Craig returning for assumedly the last time as the iconic super-spy. Justin Lin makes his return to the Fast & Furious franchise to direct the ninth installment, which was written by Daniel Casey. For more on both films, check out the links below:
- Dwayne Johnson Confirms He Probably Won’t Be in Fast and Furious 9′
- Rami Malek Was Reportedly Eyed for ‘Bond 25’ Villain Role
- Cary Joji Fukunaga Addresses ‘Bond 25’ Rumors Regarding the Absence of Blofeld and Q
- ‘Fast and Furious 9’ Gets a New Writer, and It’s Not Chris Morgan