Furious 9 was one of the most anticipated films for action buffs this year, sadly it has also been delayed for nearly a whole year. Amidst coronavirus concerns, the film will be put on the shelf until safety is administered.
Biggest thing happening here is not so much how many movies are being delayed, but rather how long they are being delayed. A Quiet Place: Part II is being delayed indefinitely, No Time to Die is delayed until November and Furious 9? Well, it’s not coming out until April 2nd, 2021. A whole year.
Being the 9th entry in a long running franchise is certainly an accomplishment, and certainly financially lucrative. The Fast and Furious franchise has made billions of dollars worldwide for more than a decade now.
Which leads into my second main point, perhaps this is actually the best thing for the franchise. Scrolling through any comment section, Fast and Furious franchise fatigue was getting very real. Perhaps the best thing for the franchise is for no new movie to come out this year, and gather up for next year.
A wise decision on all counts by Universal
There is a full statement on the delay from the distributors:
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
Much of this is actually fairly alarming, as Universal had said that Fast 9 was not going to be delayed like other films. Disney took the same stance for their Mulan and Black Widow release dates.
Luckily for fans worldwide, it seems that common sense caught up with Universal and they reversed direction. Films all over are planning on cancelling or delaying due to box office concerns. So far, the only company not backing down is Disney.
Hopefully the wait will be worth it. Especially when you consider that is most likely the second to last Fast and Furious movie.
What do you make of all of these delays? Well planned? Or simply unfounded? Be sure to let us know in the comments and stay tuned at Scoophash for more updates.