“Fast and Furious 9” will no longer have a 2019 release date. It is now set to hit movie theaters on April 10, 2020. Universal has no comment regarding the change in the release date but the news was released in the movie franchise’s official Twitter and Instagram accounts.
This will not be the first time that a “Fast and Furious” movie will have its release date pushed back. Its seventh installment was likewise delayed following the death of one of its lead stars, Paul Walker. As a result of the recent change, “Trolls 2,” which had the new date of “Fast and Furious 9,” will have to move its release date to February 14, 2020 reports IGN.
The last film of the franchise released this year grossed over $1 billion in the worldwide box office. Prior to its release, however, the behind-the-scenes spat between Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made headlines. It became doubtful whether both of them will be returning for “Fast and Furious 9” until it was reported that they have patched things up.
Universal is said to be happy with the audience response that Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw got in the the last movie before “Fast and Furious 9.” Based on this, Universal is reportedly considering a spin-off that will focus mainly on Hobbs.
This news did not go well with Tyrese Gibson and it created a new drama surrounding “Fast and Furious 9.” Gibson reminded Johnson on Instagram that the Fast franchise is a family and nobody flies solo. He had another longer comment that mentioned the film’s release date according to E! News.
Gibson clarified that he has no problem with the Hobbs movie, only that it won’t be filmed at the moment when the “Fast and Furious 9” release date has been announced. He wrote, “We can't let our loyal fans #FastFamily or our loyal fast and furious FANS down on any level from pushing the date…….. Didn't you see how HUGE #Fast8 was? It's because we announced and KEPT our release date bro."
Recently, Michelle Rodriguez has been vocal about the franchise’s future. She said that the female characters must “evolve or die.” At this point, only one more film after “Fast and Furious 9” has been officially announced. Producer Neal Mortiz revealed earlier this year the plan to end the mainline franchise after the tenth movie.
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