Universal has announced that the release date for the ninth film in The Fast and the Furious franchise has been pushed back to April 10th, 2020. The film was previously slated for release on April 19th, 2019. The reason behind the year-long postponement has not been revealed at this time. It is also unknown as to whether or not this will affect the prospective tenth film’s current April 2nd, 2021 release date.
There are a number of potential reasons for this push. One could simply be co-star Dwayne Johnson‘s ever-busy schedule. The action superstar currently has three films in post-production*, another currently filming (Skyscraper), and one more already booked for early next year (Jungle Cruise). In addition to an even larger slate of projects still in-development that he remains attached to, Johnson also has his HBO series, “Ballers“, set to shoot its fourth season soon. Busy, busy, busy!
Vin Diesel‘s own schedule appears to be much less packed once he is clear of his Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 motion capture and voicework duties, but that could easily change. The actor continues to develop a big screen reboot of Kojak for Universal, as well as a fourth film in his Riddick franchise. Furthermore, a fourth xXx film seems likely to shoot sometime early next year.
In addition to all of this, there’s also a distinct possibility that Universal has decided to make the already-promised Luke Hobbs/Deckard Shaw spin-off team-up movie first. After all, Statham’s schedule is seemingly wide open at the moment and Johnson should be free come the middle of 2018. Assuming that such a film would be less car-centric, the studio could easily shoot it and have it ready for Fast 9’s original (now-vacant) April 19th, 2019 release date.
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