Add F9 to the long list of films impacted by the coronavirus.
The next installment in Universal’s Fast & Furious franchise is being pushed to April 20201 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The film had initially been set for a May 2020 release, but will now open in North America on April 2, 2021.
The news broke earlier today in a Facebook post from the official Fast Saga Facebook page. You can view the message below:
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.
Your Fast Family
F9 is the latest film to feel the virus’ impact. Recently, MGM announced that it had pushed the latest James Bond film No Time to Die to November, while Paramount announced today that A Quiet Place Part II is delayed indefinitely. Several other high profile projects such as Mulan and Black Widow have seen their China release dates impacted as well.
E3 2020 and CinemaCon 2020 have also been cancelled, with San Diego Comic-Con’s future in doubt.
F9 takes place right after the events of The Fate of the Furious (2017). Dominic Toretto and his family must face Dominic’s younger brother Jakob, a deadly assassin, who is working with their old enemy Cipher, and who holds a personal vendetta against Dominic.
Justin Lin, who directed The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast and Furious, Fast Five, and Furious 6, returns to direct, with Dan Casey penning the screenplay.