Here's our September 1st, 2020, edition of Spy Movie News where we are Cracking the Code of Spy Movies with the latest updates on TENET, Mission: Impossible 7, and NO TIME TO DIE, plus we look at some industry trends.
- In breaking news, we have confirmed that TENET did open in England on August 26 and was planned to open in over 20 additional countries on that same date. And it has a scattered release plan through the September 18th release in Japan. It officially opens September 3rd in the United States, but early access showing started August 31st.
- Tom Cruise was seen going to the pre-screening of TENET in England, so there you go.
- Our co-host in the UK, Vicky Hodges saw TENET the day it opened in the UK, August 26th. We have a no-spoiler podcast out on it, released August 28th. Check it out, here. It's a fun 8 minutes and has no spoilers.
- Variety.com reports that TENET had a strong opening for the weekend in Europe with box office sales at $53,000,000 for a film that cost $200 million to produce. They quote Toby Emmerich, Warner Brothers Pictures Group chairman as saying: “We are off to a fantastic start internationally and couldn't be more pleased.” See Variety.com for the full story.
- Disney didn't wait to see what would happen with TENET or Disney's own, The New Mutants which they released last weekend. Disney pushed The King’s Man to 2021.
- Interestingly, they announced this the day before The New Mutants hit theaters. This does make one wonder if Disney plans to push back Black Widow from its November 6th release. We're guessing ticket sales for TENET will have a big impact on that decision.
- It also makes us wonder what 2021's release schedule will look like. Will all the movies that have been pushed to 2021 have an impact on the movies scheduled for later in 2021? Might they be pushed to 2022? Mission: Impossible 7, we're staring you down for an answer on this one.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7
- Here's some Mission: Impossible 7 news. They suffered a little set back after an expensive motorcycle stunt went wrong. Check cinemablend.com for all the news. A motorcycle stunt went wrong as the bike burst into flames, but the stuntman is OK. but it was a well planned and costly stunt that had been in the works for a long time. And it is now a financial and time-frame set back for Mission: Impossible 7. This movie is scheduled for release on November 19th, 2021. Reportedly, Tom Cruise was not too happy about the accident. See Cinemablend.com again for more details.
- In our August 1st edition of Spy Movie News, we mentioned that Mission: Impossible 7 wanted to blow up a 111-year-old bridge in Poland. Now here is an update. Writer-director Chris McQuarrie said “Mission: Impossible says they would never harm icons or historical landmarks.” They were looking for a bridge that needed to come down somewhere in the world and they were contacted by Poland. But never a monument. No historically significant monuments would be destroyed. But there is a possibility that a portion of the bridge which is now unsafe would need to come down. See empireonline.com/movies for more info. The Bottom Line is that Mission: Impossible is acting responsibly and working with Poland on what might be possible.
- Screenrant reports that Tom Cruise, a certified helicopter pilot, during a break, landed a helicopter near the 9th hole at a golf course in England so he could grab lunch at the clubhouse. How's that for a stunt?
- And here’s another real stunt. Nme.com reports that Tom Cruise will jump off a motorcycle mid-air for a fabulous action stunt in Mission: Impossible 7. He's like 160 feet in the air. Photos at Nme.com and also at thesun.co.uk. #CruiseisCool.
NO TIME TO DIELet’s move on to NO TIME TO DIE.
- From “The Spy Command”, August 18th, 2020 edition: there hasn't been a whole lot of news for NO TIME TO DIE, but there has been enough to get fans interested. As usual, there are questions.
- You see a lot of licensed product news like the Funko pops and usually, that means that the release is imminent for the film. However, as “The Spy Command” says, who knows if the licensees are really in the know about when the movie will release, so there's still always a question.
- “The Spy Command” also reports that there was an investor's call by MGM with its investors and the chief operating officer said: “yeah, two releases in 2020 are scheduled, but there is a but, and who knows if these releases will slip.” There is always a but.
- Indiewire.com reported that if there is another slip for NO TIME TO DIE, it is unlikely that the movie will be pushed to summer 2021. There have been no EON Productions summer releases since Licence to Kill's release in July 1989. That movie was not well received great release, coming in 4th at that time. It was the worst opening of any EON Productions Bond film. So, it’s unlikely that it would be the summer of 2021.
- Some things that will affect the release, of course, are:
- worldwide statistics for the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The decisions countries are making concerning theaters opening or not.
- Billie Eilish’s recording of the NO TIME TO DIE theme song was a first for James Bond films. It was recorded at her home studio and not in a traditional recording studio Read all about it at cinemablend.com
- And also at cinemablend.com: there is a new image of Rami Malek's character, Safin, which was also released on Instagram. Check that out. It's pretty cool.
- Radiotimes.com reports even this summer that Cary Fukunaga is not tweaking NO TIME TO DIE. He says he had mentally and emotionally finished the film in the spring of 2020. Read the full report at Radiotimes.com.
- In general news, some companies are moving filming locations to Canada due to COVID-19. Other venues being looked at are the UK and Australia. For The Last Duel, Ben Affleck, the producer and star, is doing this. Will we see more of this? Cnbc.com has an article on this topic. Will this affect planned releases of movies in the fall of 2020? We will see.
- And a belated Happy 90th Birthday to Sean Connery. Our first 007 from Eon Productions, who was also recently voted the best James Bond in a poll by radiotimes.com. Timothy Dalton came in at #2 in the poll.