Universal Pictures has announced that the ninth Fast and Furious film has been moved back by one year, giving it a release date of April 10, 2020. Variety reports the studio provided no official reason for the move.
Known only as Fast and Furious 9, the movie was originally expected to hit theaters on April 19, 2019. In order to make room for the movie in its new slot, Universal moved Trolls 2 up by two months from April 10, 2020 to February 14, 2020.
The Fast and Furious film franchise was launched in 2001 and has since made $5 billion across eight different films. The series’ most successful installment was the 2015 film Furious 7, which featured Paul Walker’s final appearance and brought in $1.5 billion.
The Fate of the Furious, the franchise’s eighth installment, earned $1.2 billion earlier in 2017. It was directed by F. Gary Gray and starred Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron.
Universal has ordered two additional films to finish out the series, which would mean Fast and Furious 9 will eventually be followed by one final movie in the series.
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