As the death toll from the coronavirus passes 2,000 on Wednesday, here’s some news which will affect the Chinese film industry. The press tour and premiere of the new James Bond film — No Time to Die starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007 — has been called off for the moment given the spread of coronavirus in China.
The film, which will release in the UK on April 2 and US on April 10, was supposed to have its premiere in Beijing. According to Deadline, No Time To Die was also supposed to tour other cities in China.
After the coronavirus hit China, nearly 70,000 cinema theatres in the country have been shut down. That’s not all. Apart from it, museums and Disneyland Shanghai are also closed down. Meanwhile, with China being the second-largest film market in the world, it has always been a lucrative market for Hollywood studios. In 2019, films like Spider-Man: Far From Home, Captain Marvel and of course the giant slayer Avengers: Endgame did phenomenal business in the Chinese market. So, the Hollywood studios look out to tap the Chinese audiences whenever a film is up for release. However, the spread of the deadly coronavirus have had far-reaching impact on China’s economy.
With agency inputs