Delaying a Fast & Furious movie is no easy feat.
It involves finding a new release date for a film with a 250 million dollar production budget. Being one of Universal Picture’s most valuable franchises, there’s also the risk of letting down legions of fans who live and die by the high-octane exploits of Dominic Toretto and his “family” of racers.
But as soon as COVID-19 began to upend life worldwide, Universal wasted no time pushing the May 2020 release of “F9” — the ninth installment in the series — to 2021. For Donna Langley, chairwoman of Universal’s filmed entertainment group, the decision was unpopular — even within her own studio.
Langley shared “[Theaters] were quite upset with us because they thought that we were overreacting…But we just felt that it was better to sort of plan for the worst and hope for the best.”
She added, “Of course, now 2020 — pardon the pun — being hindsight, it was the best decision we could have made.”