Universal Pushes Back ‘F9’ Nearly A Year Over Coronavirus Outbreak

'Fast & Furious 10' Is Affected, Too

It just goes to show that, for all of Vin Diesel’s bluster yesterday, the ultimate decision on delaying F9 belongs to Universal. And boy, did they decide to supercharge this thing because we aren’t seeing the latest Fast & Furious movie for nearly a year.

Universal has announced a delay of F9 until April 2nd 2021. That date was when we were to see Fast & Furious 10, but that has obviously been pushed back, as well. A press statement reads:

“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.”

In recent days the coronavirus outbreak has led to a virtual shutdown of every major country. The movie market has been affected tremendously, leading to studios making the hard choice to delay some pretty big films. F9 joins No Time to Die, Peter Rabbit 2, and A Quiet Place 2, while Disney has thus far held firm on keeping Black Widow and Mulan where they stand. The way this situation keeps evolving, however, that could change very soon.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.


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