Fast & Furious 9 release date delayed until Spring 2021 in response to coronavirus outbreak
F9 has officially been put in park.
Hollywood has taken yet another devastating hit as a result of the global coronavirus outbreak.
Fast & Furious 9 (F9) is the latest in a string of films to have its release date delayed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak that is rattling the world right now.
F9 pushed back 11 months in response to COVID-19 outbreak
Universal took to social media a few hours ago to announce that the release date for F9 has been officially pushed back from May 2020 to April 2021.
Official statement from Universal
Universal released the following statement earlier today:
“To our family of Fast fans everywhere,
“We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga.
“That’s why it’s especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film. It’s become clear that it won’t be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May.
“We are moving the global release date to April 2021, with North America opening on April 2. While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this move is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration.
“Moving will allow our global family to experience our new chapter together. We’ll see you next spring.”
Fans were naturally fast to respond to the shelving on social media.
One fan tweeted:
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F9 news follows No Time To Die and A Quiet Place 2 announcements
Just this week, it was announced that both the new Bond film, No Time To Die and John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place 2 were being pushed back as a result of the global uncertainty surrounding coronavirus. No Time To Die has been moved from April 2020 to November 2020 and A Quiet Place 2 has been pulled from scheduling for the time being – it was set for release next week.
God, I feel like I’m watching modern cinema face a firing squad right now.
Okay, I know that sounds a tad dramatic, and technically these films aren’t exactly going anywhere, but seeing them all getting pulled one by one really adds to the gravitas of this already dire situation.
F9 official synopsis
The official plot synopsis for F9 is as follows:
“Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob.”
The film is directed by Justin Lin and stars Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Cardi B, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron.
Your move, Mulan, Black Widow and New Mutants.
Images via Getty and Universal Pictures
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