You can probably guess what caused the delay.
The coronavirus outbreak has caused a lot of disruption in the auto industry. First, the 2020 Geneva Motor Show was canceled just days before it was due to start, then the 2020 New York Auto Show was postponed from April 2020 to August 2020. Hollywood film releases are also being affected since theaters in some countries such as China have been shut down to prevent the virus from spreading further.
Last week, the upcoming James Bond film 'No Time to Die,' which will feature a lot of auto action including an opening car chase starring the Aston Martin DB5 and a destructive off-road chase featuring the new Land Rover Defender, was pushed back from April 2020 to November 2020. And now, perhaps unsurprisingly, Fast & Furious 9 is the latest film to suffer a long delay due to the coronavirus.
Originally, Fast & Furious 9 was due to race into US theaters on May 22. Unfortunately, fans will now have to wait over one year to watch the Fast family reunite. In an announcement on social media, Vin Diesel confirmed the theatrical release of Fast & Furious 9 has been delayed until April 2, 2021, in the US and an unconfirmed date in April 2021 in other territories.
"We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga," Diesel wrote. "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."
"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."
To get everyone hyped, the first trailer for Fast & Furious 9 was released back in January to get everyone hyped, which was filled with the usual mix of fast cars, explosions, and implausible stunts, this time performed by a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. There were plenty of surprising revelations too: the villain played by John Cena is Dominic Toretto's brother and Han is somehow still alive after being presumed dead since Tokyo Drift.
This isn't the first time Fast & Furious 9 has been delayed, either - the ninth film in the Fast Saga was originally supposed to release in April 2019.