Universal Pictures announces the delay in the releases of its most anticipated films, including Fast and furious 9
Fast and furious 9 (F9) will have to wait a little longer for its theatrical release. Universal announced Friday that it is delaying the premiere of the next sequel to Fast and Furious. It will now hit theaters on Memorial Day weekend in the USA, May 28, 2021.
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The news came shortly after No Time to Die's delay was announced from November to April 2, 2021, which was the original date for Fast and Furious 9. Universal, the studio behind the franchise, is distributing the Bond film. on an international level.
In March, when coronavirus cases began to spread, Universal made the decision to delay the launch of F9 for an entire year. Fast and Furious is a very important franchise for Universal; Its numerous sequels and spin-offs are routinely among the highest-grossing films of the year; grossing more than $ 5 billion between them at the worldwide box office.
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Movies in the Fast and Furious series typically have budgets of more than $ 200 million and are designed to appeal to international audiences. Almost 75% of ticket sales for the previous three films in the franchise came from the international box office. Since Bond moved to the same weekend and is also aimed at international audiences. The change to F9 was inevitable as Universal wouldn't want to make Bond's 25th installment have to compete at the box office against the latest film with Toretto and his team already in theaters.
Directed by franchise veteran Justin Lin, F9 takes up the events of 2017's The Fate of the Furious. The film sees Vin Diesel's Dom Toretto face off against his younger brother Jakob (John Cena), a deadly assassin who works with his old enemy Cipher (Charlize Theron). The cast also includes Michelle Rodriguez as Letty, Tyrese Gibson, Helen Mirren, and Ludacris. The Fate of the Furious was a blockbuster, becoming the second installment in the series to hit the coveted 1 billion dollar mark.
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