The most anticipated Hollywood film of 2020 ‘Fast & Furious 9’ release has been delayed by full-year amidst the ongoing coronavirus fear. F9 was due out in May this year, but will now not reach cinemas until April 2021.
“We are moving the global release date to April 2021. While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this move is made with the safety of everyone. We will see you next spring,” a statement said on Twitter.
— #F9 (@TheFastSaga) March 12, 2020
As the world responds to the disease’s global outbreak, the entertainment industry at large has already been affected. Events such as SXSW, E3, CinemaCon, and ACE Comic Con have already been cancelled over concerns about the disease.
The epic first trailer for F9 arrived on January 31 and delivered a couple of huge reveals for fans. It is the ninth instalment in the franchise. The movie will star Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron and John Cena. It will also bring back Sung Kang [Han] in an upcoming film.
‘Fast & Furious’ sequels tend to be among the year’s highest-grossing movies and the release date shift leaves Memorial Day weekend without one of its star attractions.
Along with the delay of its ninth instalment, makers will now have to push back the release of its final instalment as well. ‘Fast X’ was originally scheduled to release in 2021.
Other movie delays after the coronavirus outbreak
‘F9′ is the first major summer movie to be delayed because of the outbreak. Other major movies that are still release in the summer months include Warner Bros.’ ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ on June 5, Paramount’s ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ on June 24 and Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ on July 24.
Moreover, Thursday also saw the postponement of Paramount’s ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ in addition to ‘The Lovebirds’. The delays came after concerns about the virus and public safety prompted studios to postpone the releases.
Several high-profile releases have moved their release date as the rate of infection has increased. James Bond adventure ‘No Time to Die’ has also moved from April to November. These moves come at a cost. There’s often tens of millions of dollars in lost marketing revenue.
The Walt Disney Co. has also delayed the theatrical release of ‘Mulan’ which was set to premiere at the end of March.