Eon’s The Rhythm Section Delayed Until November

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Eon Productions’ non-007 spy movie, The Rhythm Section, has been delayed until November, Variety reported.

The film, starring Blake Lively, was scheduled for a Feb. 22 release by Paramount. The release date is now Nov. 22, according to Variety.

Production was delayed after Lively suffered a hand injury, shutting down filming for months. No change in the release date has been announced. But there has been no advertising or other marketing for the movie even as the original Feb. 22 date approached.

Here’s an excerpt from the Variety story:

Insiders familiar with the studio’s thinking said the new date is attractive for several reasons, including the holiday box office boon. The gritty spy tale, adapted from Mark Burnell’s novels surrounding character Stephanie Patrick, is thought by Paramount insiders to be ideal counter-programming to Disney’s “Frozen 2,” which is opening at the same time.

The development continues the mixed history of Eon’s non-James Bond projects. A spinoff movie feature Halle Berry’s character from Die Another Day never developed. Neither did a proposed film based on the life of Edward Snowden. Meanwhile, Eon’s indie-style movies such as Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and Nancy drew very small audiences.

Eon’s next Bond film, the yet-to-be-named Bond 25, is scheduled to begin production in March.

Bond 25 offered Norwegian film subsidy

Bond 25 has been offered a subsidy to film in Norway worth 47 million krone ($5.52 million), the Norwegian Film Institute said on its website.

The announcement lists the grant is being offered to a film called “B25,” according to a translation of the website. It is the largest grant offer in the history of the program, according to the translation.

The program requires productions receiving grants have “broad international distribution.”

Bond 25 is scheduled to begin filming in early March for a February 2020 release date.

H/T @Bond25Film on Twitter.