Coronavirus Postpones ‘Fast 9’ Until April 2021

Coronavirus, like John Cena, is finally coming for the “family.” Fast 9, the tenth in the Fast and Furious franchise if you count Hobbs and Shaw, is postponed for a year until April of 2021. Vin Diesel, who plays patriarch Dom Toretto in the series, broke the news on social media.

“We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga,” Diesel wrote. “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.”

Theaters are closed in Italy, South Korea and the biggest market of all markets, China. And they could be closing here in the U.S. soon. The Fate of the Furious, the previous installment in the series, took in $226 million in the U.S., but another billion(!) overseas.

So that makes sense. Even if theaters do remain open, the box office won’t be as big. Just last week No Time to Die, James Bond’s latest, was also pushed back.

“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,” Diesel added.

I could make some joke here about how “you can have any beer you want, as long as it’s a Corona,” but I won’t.

Fast 9 was set to be released on May 22, 2020.

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