The much anticipated “Fast & Furious 9” has pushed back its theatrical release date by a year.
Universal Studios, the company behind the franchise, made the decision because of the impact that COVID-19 is having on the global economy and the distribution landscape. Theaters remain closed in Italy, South Korea and China, where the virus has hit hardest. There’s also a mounting sense that some theaters will close in the U.S. as the outbreak continues to spread. “Fast 9” will now open globally in April 2021 and in the U.S. on April 2.
Vin Diesel made the announcement on social media, saying they “feel all the love and the anticipation…for the next chapter in our saga.” This is why “it’s especially tough 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.”
The move was made “with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration,” Diesel added.