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Bond 25, Fast & Furious 9 Delayed

MGM and Universal have shifted release dates for two franchises, pushing back Bond 25 by two months and Fast & Furious 9 by six weeks.

Variety reports MGM and Universal unveiled the two new releases dates for the films on Friday evening. Rather than opening on April 10, 2020, Fast & Furious 9 will instead ride again on May 22, 2020 -- which will allow the film to take advantage of Memorial Day weekend. Bond 25 has moved from February 14, 2020 to April 8, 2020.

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Interestingly enough, this marks the second delay for both films. Bond 25 was originally slated for November 8 of this year. However, the film was later moved to its previous February 14th date after Danny Boyle exited the project. As for Fast & Furious 9, it was originally set for April 19th but was moved to April 10, 2020 a little over a year ago. The move for Bond 25 is to allow director Cary Joji Fukunaga, who signed on shortly after Boyle's exit, more time to finish what is being described as a "complex and costly production." It remains unclear what has led to the delay of Fast & Furious 9.

Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel previously talked about the ninth installment's first delay following the announcement of the Hobbs & Shaw spin-off, reassuring fans that the delay was to ensure the film was where it needed to be ahead of production. "However, like any vehicle that has run around the globe 8 times, the franchise is in need of maintenance," he said in an Instagram post last year. "My good friend and the godfather of Universal, Ron Meyer has granted me the time to do just that." Of course, the film now seems to be back on track as filming looks to kick off next month, suggesting the date move could simply be to allow for more time in post-production for the visual effects, while still taking advantage of the Easter weekend.

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Still, with the new date for Fast & Furious 9, it's safe to presume Fast & Furious 10 will also be moved to a later time. That film, of course, was originally slated for April 2, 20121. Bond 25 will see Daniel Craig return in the titular role for the final time.

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