This morning, producers and executives for the Fast and Furious franchise released a statement, delaying the upcoming May 21st premiere of the upcoming F9 film. They suggested a new release date of April 2, 2021. Fast fans will have to wait a little longer to cash in their theories on the return of Han and the further development of the Fast Saga.
In 2001, a world-wide movement began. Fans were wowed by a film about an undercover cop infiltrating the LA street racing scene as he investigated international cargo hijackings. Nineteen years and seven more movies later, the Fast Saga had reached the list of top film franchises – and despite the real-life passing of its biggest star — isn’t showing signs of stopping.
After the release of spinoff film, Hobbs and Shaw, in 2019, The Fast Saga announced the development of the ninth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise – but like so many entities affected by recent cancellations and postponement of large events, the theatrical release of this film unfortunately has been delayed.
The statement posted to the official Fast and Furious social media outlets:
“To our family of Fast fans everywhere,
We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga.
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.
We are moving the global release date to April 2021, with North America opening on April 2. 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. We’ll see you next spring.
Your Fast Family”
No direct correlation with the Corona Virus has been noted in this recent announcement but clearly it is a factor. Ticket sales and the safety of its viewers would be detrimentally affected. While it may not be news fans were hoping to hear, one thing for sure is that there is now plenty of time to theorize the story of F9 and the return of Han.