New F9 release date further delays the return of Fast & Furious to theaters

Some big blockbusters were pushed back again. Hopefully for the last time. Universal Pictures has delayed the release of Fast & Furious 9, also known as Fast & Furious 9, for a month. The film should be released this summer. Universal has also decided to delay the release of Minions 2, officially titled Minions: The Rise of Gru. The animated sequel was completely displaced this year and will now be released in summer 2022.

F9 was originally scheduled to hit theaters in May 2020. However, when cinemas closed worldwide due to health and safety concerns, it was one of the first major releases to postpone its release date. As with many films, the date has been changed several times. The last entry in the series, directed by Justin Lin, was set for May 28th. Universal now has a theatrical date of June 25th. With any luck, theaters will see an increase in business by this point, with the spread of vaccines increasing in the U.S. That’s the hope anyway.

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In Minions: The Rise of Gru, the recent delay is far more significant. The final installment in the hugely successful Despicable Me franchise was due out on July 2, 2021. It now arrives a full year later on July 1, 2022. But when you consider that the first Minions made more than $ 1 billion at the global box office, it makes sense that Universal would wait until the time is right. There is no way they can make that much money with streaming or a premium VOD version. From a financial standpoint, this seems like the right call.

F9 brings back much of the core cast. Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren make up the core ensemble. John Cena is on board to play Diesel’s brother Dom Torreto. As the trailer revealed, Cena’s character will be the villain. In addition, the return of Han, who is played by Sung Kang again, can be seen in this film. The fan-favorite character was apparently killed during the Tokyo Drift events. The already planned Fast & Furious 10 are slated to end the main franchise. It will be released as a two-parter.

To date, the Fast & Furious films have grossed more than $ 5 billion at the global box office. This means these are two of the largest franchises in Universal’s wheelhouse. While some films have opted for a streaming release or a hybrid release over the past year, for a film costing well over $ 100 million to produce, it’s next to impossible to make your money back without a functioning global cinema market . Warner Bros. tested the water with Tenet last year, but the results were mediocre at best. With that, Universal is happy to wait. We will keep you updated as more details become available. This news was previously reported by Variety.

Topics: Fast and Furious 9, Fast and Furious

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